After debuting as a hybrid crossover in 2017 and taking an eco-friendly step in 2018 with a plug-in hybrid version, the Niro line is going fully electric with the 2019 iteration.
Equipped with a new 64kWh battery, it’ll make 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same battery performance as the recently announced 2020 Kia Soul EV. Kia did not reveal range performance, but early estimations peg it at around 240 miles.
A trick the 2019 Niro EV will have up its sleeve is Level 3 fast charging. Charging for 30 minutes will get 100 miles of range and a 75-minute charge will fill up the battery up to 80-percent.
Drivers will have the option to select four different driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ that will adjust the regenerative braking level, air conditioning, and set speed limits to manage efficiency and performance.
The overall design doesn’t change up too much from the current Plug-In Hybrid beyond the closed off grille that is more in tune with what modern EVs offer. But there are some unique details about the design such as the “Arrowhead” LED Daytime Running Lights, 17-inch alloy wheels that reduce drag and a lower air intake.
On the inside lives a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support that can be accessed via the three USB ports. You’ll also get the standard Bluetooth connection system Kia offers.
Kia did not announce a release date or pricing, but the 2019 Niro EV should go on sale some time next year.