As the top selling model for Kia Motors, the arrival of the 2016 Sportage SUV is timely considering New Zealand's current love affair with this type of vehicle.
“The acceptance of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro models by New Zealand buyers has been exceptional,” says Todd McDonald, general manager of Kia Motors NZ.
“There is a place in the market for a well-designed SUV with astonishingly low fuel consumption”.
The Niro EV is powered by Kia’s next-generation electric vehicle powertrain.
Equipped with a high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the Niro EV is reckoned to do at least 380km on a single charge or up to 240km when paired with an optional 39.2kWh battery system.
Described as sporty and versatile, the vehicle is the work of Kia’s design centres in California and Namyang, Korea.
It will be launched in the home market in late 2018 and in NZ in 2019.