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2019 Kia Niro EV: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - June 22, 2018

Model Preview

When Kia unveiled the Niro EV Concept, this crossover showed off styling that was far sharper and more modern than the existing Niro lineup. But when the production 2019 Kia Niro EV made its official debut at the 2018 Busan Auto Show in South Korea, it wore a far more toned-down suit.

The vehicle's body will differ little from the current hybrid lineup as it will boast the same silhouette, body lines, and lighting as the hybrids. What will differ, though, are the arrow-style LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, a closed-off grille, and aerodynamic wheel options.

Inside, the Niro EV will boast the same basic setup as other Niro models, but like the exterior, there are minor updates. The most noteworthy will include light-blue dashboard accents and redesigned center console to make way for the shift-by-wire system and rotary control. Also new will be the 7-inch instrument-panel screen that displays the EV-specific information.

2019 Kia Niro EV Concept

Powering the Niro EV will be a front-axle-mounted electric motor that will deliver 201 horsepower and ship this EV crossover to 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds. In the global market, there will be two battery options — 39.2-kilowatt-hour and 64-kilowatt-hour — but we only expect the 64-kilowatt-hour battery here in the U.S. Kia estimates a 280-mile range for the 2019 Niro EV with the 64-kilowatt-hour battery, but the EPA number will likely be closer to the 240-mile range.

Safety ratings remain uncertain now, but we know the current Niro Hybrid is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, so there is no reason to expect anything less from the 2019 Niro EV. We also know the 2019 Niro EV will boast the latest in safety gadgets, including collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-following assist, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect the 2019 Niro EV to hit showrooms in early 2019.

Pricing remains unknown, but it will come in north of the current Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, which ranges from $28,840 to $35,440 (destination fees included).

The 2019 Niro EV’s key competition will be the Chevy Bolt EV, Nissan LEAF, and Ford Focus Electric.

Learn about the current Niro on sale now »

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Pictured: 2019 Niro EV Concept

Used Kia Niro EV in 20149