Kia teases new electric concept ahead of Geneva Motor Show

first_img Geneva Motor Show 2019 Post a comment reading • Kia teases new electric concept ahead of Geneva Motor Show 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Tags Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard • 66 Photos Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Geneva Motor Show 2019 Kiacenter_img Share your voice Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Kia Electric Cars See All 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageElectric cars, Kia says, can still have evocative styling. Kia Kia wants to show what the future of its electrified car range looks like with a new concept that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Though there are no details on the car so far, aside from this lone teaser image released Thursday, it sounds like the concept will have a more exciting design than Kia’s current electric cars.The most obvious design element in this teaser is that Kia’s traditional “tiger nose” grille shape has been repurposed and used as the shape for a full-width lighting element. The car also appears to have cameras instead of side-view mirrors, a common element on modern concepts.”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,” Gregory Guillaume, vice president of design for Kia Motors Europe, said in a statement. The car was styled at Kia’s European design center in Frankfurt.At the same time, Kia says the electric concept will provide ample range and performance to sate customers. In other words, it’s likely to be a more premium electric model. It will “signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification,” Guillaume said. That would be a big change from Kia’s current EV offerings, which are reasonably practical hatchbacks. In the US, the brand offers the 2019 Kia Niro EV, which has a 239-mile driving range, and will soon launch the new Soul EV, which boasts an even more impressive 243-mile range. Both cars use a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, with an electric drive motor rated for 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. 0 2019 Kia Niro EV: Kia’s first long-range EV 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img