2018 Kia Niro EV revealed in Korea

Plug-in compact SUV will land in Europe later this year

Kia has whipped the covers off its production Niro EV at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea, ahead of a wider market launch later in the year.

The car unveiled in Korea has a 64kWh battery pack, good for 380km per charge, with a 32kWh model likely to be offered later in the year. There’s no guarantee those figures will transition to Europe, with reports suggesting the Korean market will get a unique model.

Under the skin, the Niro shares its powertrain with the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq, which makes 88kW of power and 295Nm of torque. Given the plug-in Hyundai has a 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, we’d suggest international versions of the car could offer the same capacity.

From the outside, you’ll be able to tell the Niro EV from internal-combustion models by its closed-over grille, blue accents around the lower air intake and between the daytime-running lights, aero-style wheels and the requisite design flourishes down back.

In keeping with the high-tech theme, Kia has included forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert.

Kia has lofty ambitions for the Niro EV in Korea. A three-day period in February garnered 5000 pre-orders, while the Niro PHEV sold in impressive numbers last year.


Kia is looking into the Niro EV in Australia, but there’s no confirmation on if or when it’ll be here.

“The car is one of a couple under consideration for Kia Motors Australia and no firm decision has been made at this time on which EV will be the first into Australia,” Kevin Hepworth, communications boss for Kia Australia, told CarAdvice.