Another surprise Kia is bringing a performance EV to the Geneva Motor Show. The South Korean automaker earlier introduced the e-Niro and Soul EV, and continues the electric flow. In the European market, a plug-in hybrid version of the Ceed wagon will be on sale later this year. For now, Kia is preparing the world to meet the performance driven electric vehicle model.
The teaser picture shows Kia’s traditional “tiger nose” grille shape, but stretched for a full-width lighting element. It appears to have cameras instead of side-view mirrors. Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of design for Kia Motors Europe, stated, “automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer – and we believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is electric.” Kia did promise the electric concept provides ample range and performance just with a premium upgrade. The current Kia EV models are practical hatchbacks. In the U.S., the brand offers the 2019 Kia Niro EV, is a 239-mile driving range, but will launch the new Soul EV with an impressive 243-mile range. Both use a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, with an electric drive motor rated for 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.
Kia made the statement that the concept is “a visual embodiment of the company’s desire to move forward in the exciting world of electrification.” Kia wants to embrace moving the electric vehicle concepts towards a more provocative appearance. The new EV concept is to “get your pulse racing,” and to, “signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.” Kia moves forward with their performance model in the direction that most automakers are moving away from with a sedan appearance. The new model will be bold combining the dynamics of class-leading efficiency. Angular body lines, flared wheel arches, a wide yet low stance move Kia into the future.
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