"By 2025, we will offer a total of 16 advanced powertrain vehicles, with five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV". The biggest change is at the front where the traditional grille has been replaced by a smooth interactive display panel. Whenever the system detects pedestrians or cyclists, the vehicle plays an audible warning focussed specifically at the person to warn them of the vehicle's movement.
Inside, the minimalist cabin features a two-spoke steering wheel, digital driving display, a dash-mounted touchscreen for the infotainment system and the "gear selector" is a rotating dial on the centre console.
As with recent Kia models, the South Korean maker put a premium on design with the Niro. The first shows off a gesture control system allowing users to make different gestures to adjust volume, ventilation, and music settings.
Power comes from a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery pack and a 150-kW electric motor.
The concept is part of Kia's strategy to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, including a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2020. The new vehicles include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, plus a new fuel-cell electric vehicle in 2020.
Following in the footsteps of other automakers, Kia is getting serious about highly automated vehicles early next decade. Finally, the carmaker confirmed that it will commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021. "Virtual reality, self-driving cars and "vehicle-to-everything" connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future, but as they rapidly become reality, Kia is exploring how to deploy these new technologies for its customers".