Kia's Niro EV concept is a battery-powered 201bhp small SUV

Kia Niro EV concept

While it's pretty much similar to a regular Niro on the outside, small differences mark it out as an EV.

As mention at the start, Kia's "ACE" strategy involves three components, where autonomous involves the company planning to commercialise Level 4 autonomous driving technology. "At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to", said Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center.

A production-ready all-electric version would complete the set and see the company move closer towards Kia and sister brand Hyundai's vow to offer 31 electrified vehicles by 2020.

KiaA teaser photo of the Kia Niro EV Concept. As part of this, the manufacturer also aims to have a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle on the road by 2020.

Late to the "eco" party, Kia is rushing to catch up, revealing the new member of its Niro family during a preview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Up front, the traditional grille is replaced with an interactive display panel.

Kia Niro EV concept
While the concept showcases some tech still in the early stages of development the styling previews the production Niro EV due later this year

Because the company says it expects the Niro EV to be driven largely in "urban and suburban" usage, so it includes a new pedestrian-warning system that adds outward-pointing speakers to the usual cameras and image-processing technology.

Kia says the goal is "an innate sense of space and calm" inside the vehicle, which is enhanced by "soft shades of silver, grey, and bronze" on every piece of the interior. Previous year the range was expanded with the addition of a plug-in hybrid version.

Kia claims the compact Niro EV will have a driving range of 383 kilometres thanks to a 64 kWh battery which powers the 150kW electric motor. It features a new HMI, with touch and gesture controls for the HVAC system and a touch-sensitive steering wheel.

Kia debuted different cockpits demonstrating technology for the Niro EV concept.

Along with the concept auto reveal, Kia Motors also presented its "Boundless for all" vision, which paints a future with infinite transportation and mobility opportunities. Kia says it'll start that process in Europe, offering one-way trips rather than demanding the auto be returned to the same starting point.

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