The 2019 Kia Niro EV is Soon to Charge Up the Drive Here in Cleveland, TN!

The all-electric crossover will be joining the current Kia Niro hybrid family tentatively near the end of 2018, and it's already generating buzz among enthusiasts of eco-friendly, long-distance travel. What can we expect for our corner of southeast Tennessee?

Not much is known yet, but we do know a few exciting tidbits. For one, the electric motor looks to be a dynamo set to deliver not only an estimated hard-charging, high-performance 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque but also, thanks to a state-of-the-art battery that's liquid-cooled, up to a 240-mile cruising range on a single charge.* That puts it squarely in fierce competition with the likes of Chevrolet Bolt. Bestriding the electric SUV's attention-commanding tiger-nose motif, we can also expect to find a convenient charging port, replacing the previous iteration's front intake grille, which ought to make the new Niro EV a breeze to juice up.

There appear to be a few other standout features in the works, too, from a more aerodynamic front fascia, designed to enhance efficiency, to durable and moreover prominent available 17-inch alloy wheels. On the interior, among the loads of the latest technology you can look forward to, you'll be able to find an ultra-modern shifter, which grew out of a Niro concept car that had a more natural human-machine interface, or HMI, in mind. That it'll all be flanked by futuristic blue accents seems to set the tone for a subcompact SUV experience sure to be unlike any other.

So, how will the 2019 Kia Niro EV compare to its 2018 sibling? Only time and an eventual test drive here at Kia of Cleveland will tell. While we await the big reveal, you're welcome to visit our 2492 South Lee Highway showroom here in town to take the current model for a spin. Just drop us a line at 423-693-0505, and we'll set you up. And stay tuned for more updates!

*Final EPA estimates will be released closer to Niro EV’s on-sale date. Actual range will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature, and your vehicle’s condition. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.

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