As for the Niro EV, in concept form the vehicle packs a 200-horsepower electric motor at the front axle and a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery good for 238 miles of range-the same figure as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Beyond the 5G conversation, Kia plans to have every single one of its vehicles be a connected auto by 2030. The automaker says its green line-up will consist of a mixture of different electrified powertrains, from entirely battery-electric through hybrids and even a fuel-cell vehicle.
Kia's best-selling model in overseas markets was the Sportage compact SUV with 415,558 units sold. If the system spots a pedestrian or cyclist, it can fire off an alarm sound targeted specifically at that person.
The Niro EV is seemingly created to show what's possible in Kia's electric future, so don't expect the vehicle as shown to make it to market.
Emerging from the Kia design studio in Korea, the design of the Niro EV Concept dispenses with a conventional "grille" on the nose.
Kia Niro EV Concept Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas
Kia's interactive "Beyond autonomous driving" exhibits combine existing and future technologies to outline the company's plans for vehicle autonomy and mobility, supported by the introduction of upcoming autonomous drive technologies.
Given the largely silent nature of the electric powertrain, the Niro EV Concept comes with new technologies to enhance safety for pedestrians. "As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to adapt these new technologies for its customers", said Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, vice chairman and head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Centre. Finally, the carmaker confirmed that it will commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021.
The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030.
Last but not least, Kia is bringing its WiBLE car-sharing service to new destinations this year.
Finally, Kia is showing off some other interesting technologies at CES, many of which will be demonstrated in interactive Niro EV concept interiors.