Kia Niro EV: Is It More Techy Than Motory?

CES 2018 All Electric Kia Niro On the Way

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"Virtual reality, self-driving cars and "vehicle-to-everything" connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future, but as they rapidly become reality, Kia is exploring how to deploy these new technologies for its customers". Kia says the concept achieves a driving range of 238 miles-matching the Chevrolet Bolt's EPA-rated range exactly.

Kia also made it clear that it's getting serious about electrified vehicles.

Alongside Kia's new concept, the brand will reveal a range of new in-car features and innovations at CES 2018.

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For instance, since the traditional grille is no longer required for cooling the engine, Kia's designers have replaced it with an interactive display panel. Energy is provided by a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, paired with a powerful 150 kW electric motor, the company says. It is a lightly restyled version of the company's existing Niro hybrid compact SUV. An Active Pedestrian Warning System on the show auto uses a variety of sensors to spot potential "obstacles" and can sound an alert if a pedestrian walks in front of the vehicle.

This Niro electric version is another step toward bringing to fruition Kia's ambitious plan to market 16 hybrid or electric vehicles by 2025, including a hydrogen-fueled auto in 2020.

The study is powered by a next-generation EV powertrain that will be utilized in future EVs from Kia.

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Kia says the goal is "an innate sense of space and calm" inside the auto, which is enhanced by "soft shades of silver, grey, and bronze" on every piece of the interior. Kia's system uses speakers in headrests along with active noise-cancelling to allow front-seat and back-seat passengers to listen to two different things simultaneously without disturbing the others, and without the use of headphones.

Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to "log-in" to their cars in the future. The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030.

As for technology, the Korean automaker expects to commercialize Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021.

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