Now an all-new Kia e-Niro is due in late 2022. The driving range will be similar, at 287 miles (WLTP) from its 64.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, and a 10-80 per cent charge can take just 43 minutes at a DC rapid charger.
The all-new ‘Niro EV’, which Kia appears to be calling it, has a 150kW electric motor. This delivers 255 Nm of instant torque and a 0-62 mph time of 7.8 seconds. The Niro EV even has a towing capacity of 750kg.
The car will feature vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality. This means that domestic appliances or items such as camping equipment can be powered by the car.
The Niro EV has battery conditioning to pre-heat the battery during cold weather. Drivers can also use Kia Connect to view and control vehicle charge status, in addition to planning a route using online navigation.
There are nine exterior colours: Cityscape Green, Clear White, Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl, Mineral Blue, Interstellar Grey, Orange Delight, Runway Red and Steel Grey. The C-pillar at the rear of the car can be specified in different colours.
Kia has aimed to make the interior materials as sustainable as possible. The headlining is made from recycled wallpaper, the door panels are finished with VOC-free paint, the vegan leather seat coverings contain Tencel from Eucalyptus trees, and the cargo screen is knitted material made of 75 per cent recycled fibres.
The Niro EV has a 475-litre boot (or 1,392 litres with the rear seats folded), with an additional 20 litres of storage space under the bonnet.
As well as the Niro EV, there’s a plug-in hybrid and a hybrid model.
Kia will have 14 battery electric vehicle models on sale by 2027.