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KIA: After The Niro, A Second Electric SUV Expected For 2018

Written By: The Quebec Times

Kia continues its offensive on the electric car market . After advancing the autonomy of its Soul EV and announced a “zero emission” version of its crossover Niro, the South Korean manufacturer is expected to launch a second electric SUV in 2018 under the name Kia Stonic.

Avalanche Of Electrical Innovations

At Kia, very low-emission vehicle ads follow a steady pace. After launching a hybrid gasoline-electric version of its sedan Optima and inaugurating the urban crossover market “zero emission” with its Soul EV, the South Korean unwinds its electric plan as a Swiss clock. Launch of its first hybrid crossover Kia Niro , commercialization of the Kia Optima rechargeable hybrid, new 30 kWh battery soon available in France on the Kia Soul EV, confirmation of plug-in hybrid (summer 2017) and 100% electric (spring 2018) Niro.

Battery Of 46 kWh And Autonomy Of 300 km

Latest model that will join the concessions by the end of 2018: the Kia Stonic electric motor. The Western crossover of the KX3 co-produced by the manufacturer and its partner Dongfeng for China, the small crossover will take over the electric traction chain inaugurated last year by the Hyundai IONIQ sedan . But if the engine block of 88 kW / 120 hp will be preserved a priori, it will not be the same for the lithium-ion battery of 28 kWh. According to our colleagues Site PushEVs who interviewed a spokesman for the South Korean firm, the battery capacity should be increased to 44-46 kWh. A surplus of onboard energy which, According to the US EPA homologation cycle close to reality, should allow this second electric SUV to travel 300 km on a single load. If the launch of the Kia Stonic is expected for the second half of 2018, its presentation in the form of a concept could come in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Source: The Quebec Times

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Date Posted: April 24, 2017