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Kia has revealed the first images of the all-electric Niro

Battery and driving range details have also been released.

Image: Kia

THE FULLY-ELECTRIC Kia Niro will make its official European debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

We have already seen the Niro EV in concept form back in January at CES 2018, but to tide us over until the full reveal, Kia has released these two images of the new EV, which joins the existing Niro hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

To mark the EV model out from the other two versions, the electric vehicle gets some unique styling like the blanked-off front grille, which houses the charging port. The front and rear bumpers also get some bright blue trim and there are arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.

As of yet, there are no images of the interior, but this isn’t expected to differ too much from the other versions apart from gaining some additional driving data displays and graphics.

Source: Kia

The Niro EV will be offered with two versions of its electric powertrain. There is a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack with a single-charge range of 380km and a 39.2 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack with a single-charge range of 240km. It is not yet known if both of these versions will be offered in Europe or if it will just be the high powered one.

The driving range standards are calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which is claimed to be closer to ‘real world’ driving figures than the old NDEC test. However, these figures have not yet been officially confirmed and therefore the driving range may actually be different by the time the car goes on sale at the end of this year.

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