No, this is not the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, but it certainly looks like. That’s because we are looking into the sibling from Kia. Yes, you’ve guessed. It’s the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV. After the carmaker introduced the hybrid version earlier this year, it started working on the all-electric model, which should make its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
As for the testing prototype, even though it’s completely camouflaged, the vehicle isn’t going to get any exterior changes at all. Okay, the carmaker may add a few exterior colors, but that’s all you will get when it comes to the exterior. Though, there may be some small cosmetic changes in the front, simply because the electric car doesn’t need a radiator grille. Plus, Kia may also reduce the air intakes, but these are just possibilities.
The main question is what’s going to power the 2019 Kia Niro EV. We are betting on two batteries. The smaller one will be 39.2 kWh which should enable a driving range of around 130 miles. For those with a deeper pocket, the carmaker will offer a 64.2 kWh battery that will reportedly enable a range of up to 310 miles, which is 500 kilometers. The powertrain itself will be able to pump out up to 140 horsepower, though the carmaker will allegedly add an optional and more potent unit with 200 horsepower.
Like we said, the first stop for the 2019 Kia Niro Electric will be Geneva next March. That means that the EV crossover may become available for sale next summer. The price should range from $35,000 to $43,000.