Popular Kia e-Niro available again with shortest-ever lead times
The Kia e-Niro has now been made more widely available in the UK to cope with soaring demand.
Since its launch in 2018, the Kia e-Niro has received high praise and significant demand from UK customers, which has caused long lead times. But now e-Niro customer lead times are the shortest since launch.
Customers who order a MY20 e-Niro now can expect to receive their car in September, in time for the new 70 registration plate change or during the last quarter of the year.
Commenting on the news, Paul Philpott, president and CEO, Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, said: “The Niro family has brought increased variance, style and eco credentials to our UK product offering. With the additional e-Niro availability coming to our shores it places our dealer partners in a better position to satisfy the huge demand we have received for the vehicle.”
The all-electric version of the Niro crossover gets up to 282 miles of range and a battery that can be recharged to 80% in as little as 54 minutes.
Design-wise, the e-Niro gets essentially the same look as the current car – that’s already available as a plug-in and pure-hybrid.
However, there are some external changes up front courtesy of a unique closed tiger-nose grille that incorporates a charging socket, a revised front bumper and model-specific LED daytime running lights. Blue trim pieces also mark it out from other models.
This theme continues inside, where you’ll find an interior and layout that’s identical to other Niro models, with the exception of blue dash trim around the air vents, EV-specific centre console controls and driver information dials.
Kia says models fitted with the 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack will be capable of up to 282 miles of range, while a less expensive 39.2kWh battery will also be available, allowing for up to allows up to 193 miles (312 km).
Both models feature a single electric motor delivering 199bhp and 395Nm of torque allowing a swift 0-62mph time of just 7.5 seconds. Plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes 54 minutes to recharge the e-Niro’s battery to 80%.
Regenerative braking tech also features, which works as part of the car’s Eco Driving Assistant System, providing drivers with intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently.
A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.
A host of safety tech is available, including forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance, smart cruise control with Stop and Go function, Driver Attention Warning and Lane Keep Assist.