The Korean automaker has already shown off the production version of its urban crossover, but this time it’s the more detailed information about the electric variant that’s getting attention. This information comes from the Swedish wing of the automaker, which seems to have beaten the parent company to the unveiling.
Of course, since it’s a European model, some of the range statistics may be different from those of the North American model, but these first details already give a good idea of what’s to come before the end of the year, as a 2023 model of course!
Those who are used to the purely electric model won’t be too disoriented, especially because the vehicle essentially uses the same formula, but also because the mechanical parts are similar to those of the model marketed since 2017. Under the hood, for example, it’s still a 201-horsepower engine, but the torque disclosed by the Swedish division indicates 188 lb-ft of torque, which is a far cry from the 291 lb-ft of the outgoing model. Let’s bet that this information will be corrected in the next few hours.
The battery that powers the front-wheel drive motor has a capacity of 64.8 kWh, as is already the case for the current Niro. The range would be 463 km based on the WLTP calculation method. This means that the possible range will be reduced compared to this preliminary result. It should be noted that the Niro EV 2022 can theoretically drive up to 385 km before needing to be recharged. Will we see an increase in distance for the 2023 model? Maybe, but don’t expect a huge increase.
As with the 2022 model, the 2023 Niro EV will offer fast charging, which will replenish the battery’s charge from 10 to 80 percent capacity in 43 minutes (the current model does it in 54 minutes) via a Level 3 charging station.
As for the rest, the second-generation Niro will gain a few liters inside, with the cabin benefiting from the increased wheelbase, a comment that will also apply to the cargo area with an additional 24 liters behind.
What is certain is that the Kia Niro is still likely to be a public favorite in the affordable EV category.