Kia has previewed its upcoming all-new Niro, due in worldwide markets in 2021, with the HabaNiro idea on the 2019 New York motor present. The idea crossover additionally previews the broader design route for future Kia fashions.
In contrast to the present e-Niro, which makes use of an platform tailored to accomodate electrical drive, the HabaNiro is underpinned by a brand new devoted electrical automobile platform and is claimed to supply greater than 480km of vary, exceeding the e-Niro's official WLTP check determine round 450km.
The idea additionally has four-wheel-drive because of an electrical motor mounted on every axle; a characteristic that may very well be provided as an choice on future Niro fashions. The idea additionally featured degree 5 autonomous driving applied sciences.
Talking in regards to the new chassis, the idea’s designer Kurt Kahl mentioned: “This [platform] is what we’d like for the subsequent Niro. We are able to utilise an EV chassis to get idealised proportions such because the quick entrance and rear overhangs, large stance and really open cabin.”
Talking extra broadly on design, he mentioned: “We now have a historical past of constructing ideas vehicles that result in manufacturing vehicles. HabaNiro is our idealised view of the place Niro might go, so don’t be stunned in case you see some affect within the subsequent Niro.”
Contained in the idea, rectangular screens and conventional management knobs have been changed by a full-width head-up show, which permits customers to swipe and transfer automobile choices throughout the windscreen.
In totally autonomous mode, the HabaNiro’s steering wheel and instrument panel retract to offer extra room for entrance occupants and media might be show on the head-up show. Whereas superior self-driving programs received’t be launched within the next-generation Niro, Kia is already testing this expertise at its base in South Korea.
The HabaNiro additionally options Kia’s Actual-time Emotion Adaptive Driving System (READ), first proven at this 12 months’s Shopper Electronics Present. It will possibly personalise the cabin by studying a driver’s feelings in actual time by means of synthetic intelligence-based recognition expertise. Once more, Kia plans to introduce such expertise, however not within the quick time period.
The current Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants have recently been given a refresh, bringing the outside design nearer to the e-Niro's whereas including better connectivity options inside.
There aren’t any imminent plans for extra electrical fashions past the e-Niro and new electrical Soul. A manufacturing model of the four-door efficiency Kia by Think about idea from this 12 months's Geneva motor present is due in 2021.
In India, Kia is readying for the launch of its first mannequin for the nation, the SP concept-based SUV. The carmaker did showcase the current Niro EV as part of a multi-city roadshow within the nation alongside fashions such because the Carnival and the Sportage.