After several anticipations revealed just a few days ago, KIA presented at CES 2018 the great news that had prepared: the new KIA Niro EV Concept. With this interesting concept, the Korean brand shows an important anticipation of what will be its new electric car that in a few months will debut to the public. This is the expected 100% electric version of the KIA Niro.KIA notes that the Niro EV Concept is designed to represent the next step the company will take on its electrification journey. The design of this new concept was developed in the studio of the brand in South Korea. If we take Kia NIRO as a reference, regardless of its mechanics, the differences that appear are very significant.One of the most obvious modifications is the elimination of the front grille, as it is not necessary for the cooling of the electric motor that propels the vehicle. Instead, KIA has installed an interactive dashboard where several messages can be shown, such as ‘Hello, CES’, which can be seen in the images below. It was also fitted with new front headlamps, while the front bumper was redesigned to adopt a more sporty shape.Taking a look at the rear of the KIA Niro EV Concept, it is revealed that it presents new forms and lines that, according to the brand, allow the air to flow more easily to improve its aerodynamic performance. In an electric drum car the aerodynamics is very important, since it directly affects the autonomy.The interior of the KIA Niro Electric presented at CES 2018 presents an environment that the brand describes as minimalist and digital. The design of the new steering wheel and the technology that allows you to change lanes, increase / lower the volume and adjust the air conditioner with a simple gesture, are some of the most relevant details.The car is equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster, a unique shift lever and an interesting screen for the infotainment system. Drivers will be able to log in to the system thanks to facial and voice recognition. Once the user recognizes the vehicle, it will adjust all parameters according to the pre-set configuration.In mechanical terms, underneath the hood hides a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor powered by the energy stored in the 64 kWh lithium polymer batteries, which offer up to 383 kilometers of autonomy on a single charge.Remembering that the KIA Niro EV Concept advances the future pure electric version of the KIA Niro, whose launch will happen next March during the Hall of Geneva 2018.


The KIA Niro PHEV was presented at the Los Angeles Hall as a complement to the hybrid Niro, a version that improves the battery system, offers greater autonomy and allows to travel in 100% electric mode.Outwardly it is practically identical to its brother, but it counts on certain different details with finish in the blue hybrid color, a slightly different grid and a load socket situated in the left front para-mud. They share the platform, made with more than 50% in advanced high strength steel. This improves rigidity and saves weight, material that has been added even in the internal structure of the seats.The most outstanding element is its propulsion system. It uses a 1.6 GDI gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor that delivers an additional 60 hp and is powered by 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer batteries. The set is combined with a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and can be driven in four different modes: EV (with an electric range of 42 km), Eco, Hybrid and Sport. According to the EPA, homologates a mixed consumption of 45.5 km / l, so it offers a combined range of 900 kilometers.The battery is placed under the rear seats and on the trunk floor, so it does not detract from its capacity. With a 120V power outlet it takes less than nine hours to recharge, which is reduced to two and a half hours if a 240V charger is used.Orth Hedrick, VP of Product Planning for KIA Motors America, comments on the model that “customers interested in the fantastic design and versatility of Niro and furthermore are looking for even more EcoDynamics technology and the ability to travel using only electric power , you’ll find more reasons to want the Niro Plug-in Hybrid. “


Due to the increasing demand for SUVs, many models are given a more robust look to try to seduce customers. This is the case of KIA Picanto, the small Korean urban model, which is now debuting the new level of X-Line finish, which features an adventurous exterior style.

The KIA Picanto X-Line adds some exterior design elements specifically designed for this version, such as a low-profile protection painted in silver, more aggressive bumpers and unpainted plastic frames on the underside of the bodywork and on the wheel arches .In addition, the KIA Picanto X-Line debuts some improvements that go beyond its exterior appearance, since its ground clearance has been increased by 1.5 centimeters, a minimal difference from the conventional model, which does not appear to be intended to improve their behavior off the asphalt, but to enhance their aesthetic champion.The interior of this version has also been subject to revision, as it adds some specific elements such as its exclusive upholstery with contrast stitching, which extends to the steering wheel and doors, as well as some touches of color.The Kia Picanto X-Line equipment includes keyless access, button-down, 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system, USB, rear view camera, aluminum pedals, LED daytime running lights, foglamps, alloy wheels 16-inch antenna, shark fin antenna, etc.In terms of mechanics, the KIA Picanto X-Line is also launching a new T-GDI engine, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 100 horsepower, a propeller that, according to the NDEC cycle, announces a cycle consumption mixed of 22.2 km / l. With this new engine, the Picanto ‘X-Line’ becomes the most powerful of the line.

2018 – KIA RAY

Shortly after advancing it through a teaser , KIA unveiled in Korea the new upgrade and facelift of the small KIA Ray, a versatile 5-seat urban model that features an exterior sized but with a large passenger compartment. This is due to its well-planned exterior forms, because the Ray is shaped like a cube, with the sides and a very vertical rear, which allows you to make the most of the interior space.For now the brand has not revealed the composition of the line, but is expected to have a small petrol engine of 1.0 liter and continue to maintain the electric version, the KIA Ray EV.This update mainly affects the aesthetic part, since the new KIA Ray 2018 has a new grille, new headlights with LED elements and changes in the front bumper, which also appear new headlights antineblina, now in circular forms. In the rear also the same changes were made, with a revised bumper and new lanterns.The exterior is completed with new 15-inch wheels and multiple customization options for various elements. The customer can request different color options for the ceiling, grille, rear car covers outdoor and external mirrors.In the large passenger compartment also extends the facelift, with a new steering wheel and changes in the central console, which now has a new lever. The KIA Ray can equip an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch screen. The interior is also customizable and you can order some elements, such as textile coverings and rugs in other colors, as well as synthetic leather options with contrasting colors.The KIA Ray has the characteristic of having 3 doors of conventional opening and a slide type, the right rear, side where it does not have the B-pillar, so that access from the right side of the vehicle is very comfortable. It will go on sale in the Korean market immediately and will also feature a van version.

2018 – KIA RIO 5-DOOR

The new generation of KIA Rio, which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, is set to make its debut in the United States. This week KIA released details of the versions and also the images, highlighting the new sedan, hitherto unheard of in Western markets.Showing the same innovations already seen in the hatch, the sedan was bigger in length and wheelbase compared to its predecessor, making it one of the most spacious models in its segment.The new KIA Rio will be sold in the United States in three versions (LX, S, EX), all equipped with the 131 hp 1.6 GDI engine and 161 Nm of maximum torque, which is a reduction from the previous generation model ( 139 hp and 167 Nm) for fuel economy. The transmission can be either manual or automatic, both 6-speed.More refined, the interior has become more spacious and quiet thanks to improved sound insulation and reduced engine vibration. Well equipped, Rio can receive in the top version items such as the multimedia system with 7.0-inch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and voice recognition. In terms of safety, stand out for the autonomous emergency braking offer, one of those responsible for the compact have reached the maximum score in the IIHS tests.The debut of the new KIA Rio 2018 in the United States will be at the beginning of next year, with prices being announced in the second half of 2017.


One of the news that the Korean brand has prepared to show at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is a new dynamic-looking version of the new Rio, which will certainly attract the younger crowd.This is the new Kia Rio GT-Line 2018, which was revealed before its official presentation planned for Geneva, thanks to a series of images and official information that were revealed by the Korean manufacturer.The ‘GT-Line’ finish is already part of several KIA models and the new Rio could not be an exception. The new GT-Line River can be recognized for its sporty exterior appearance, which includes a more aggressive front bumper, which features larger air intakes and specially designed antinebline headlamps.In addition, it incorporates a new front grille, side skirts and a rear airfoil, as well as external black mirror housings, dual exhaust pipes and 17-inch alloy wheels with specific design, in addition to the body painted in five exclusive colors for this version.

The interior has also been revised, adding some sporting touches that include new metal trims on the dashboard and doors, as well as a mixed fabric / leather upholstery and carbon fiber trim that can add a racing feel to the cabin.The new KIA Rio GT-Line will initially only be available with the T-GDi gasoline engine with a 1.0-liter block, which develops 120 hp of power and a maximum torque of 172 Nm, which according to the NEDC cycle homologizes 21, 3 km / l. The engine will only be combined with a six-speed manual transmission, but will feature a new seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.Its arrival in the market is expected after its passage by the Hall of Geneva, that will happen in the month of March, moment that we will be able to know all its characteristics in more details.