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New Kia Niro EV Debuts With 239 Mile Driving Range

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New 2019 Kia Niro EV

The new electric vehicle sounds like a spaceship.

Having shown the concept version early at the Consumer Electronic Show, Kia used the 2018 LA Auto Show unveil the fully-electric Niro SUV.

The North American-spec Kia Niro EV is equipped with a 64 kWh battery and has a driving range of 239 miles (385 km), which places near the top of its category. An electric motor that producs 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque drives the front wheels.

Charging the Niro EV with a fast charger provides 100 miles (161 km) of range in half an hour, or an 80-percent charge in 75 minutes, and using a level two (240-volt) charger yields a full charge in 9.5 hours.

To help recharge the battery while driving, Kia developed a regenerative braking system that automatically adjusts the level of regeneration based on the distance between the Niro and the vehicle in front of it.

Styling is more closely aligned to the Niro Hybrid and PHEV models than it is to the sleek concept. Distinct touches include unique grille, daytime running lights shaped like an arrowhead, modified side sills. and a redesigned bumper.

The Niro EV may not not look like an ‘electric’ vehicle, but it certainly sounds like one. Kia programmed its pedestrian warning system to supposedly sounds like a “speedy sci-fi craft.”

Inside, the UVO infotainment system is displayed on a seven-inch touchscreen and provides information about the battery pack and real-time charging station updates. It also lets users to schedule charging to take advantage of off-peak hours and send a navigation destination from their phone to the car. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are both standard.

As with other Kia models, the Niro EV comes with an impressive list of standard features, including 7-inch wheels, frontal collision avoidance assistance, lane departure assistance, smart cruise control, and rear collision warning.

The new Kia Niro EV is made in South Korea and goes on sale in early 2019.

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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Kia’s New Telluride SUV Is Big Enough For Your Whole Family

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New, 2020 Kia Telluride SUV

Kia’s biggest-ever SUV has enough room to accommodate eight occupants in relative comfort.

The Kia Telluride has finally seen the light of day, giving Kia a spacious modern SUV for the whole family.

Designed in California specifically for the North American market, particularly the United States, the Telluride stands out with a boxy shape, a blunt hood, and a wide grille flanked by a pair of blunt vertical headlights. It’s distinctive, attractive and should turn some heads in the rather soft and puffy-looking full-size SUV segment.

Power is provided by a 3.8L V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, good enough for a 5,000-pound tow rating. An 8-speed automatic transmission drives the wheels.

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The Telluride also features four-wheel independent suspension with an optional self-leveling system and all-wheel drive. ‘Comfort’ and ‘snow’ odes distribute just 20 percent of torque to the rear wheels, while ‘sport’ has a 65-35 front-back split and ‘lock’ divides power equally between all corners.

Inside, the clean, BMW-esque dashboard is fitted with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibile, while a 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman Kardon sound system makes it easy to blast you favorite tunes throughout the cavernous interior. There’s also a wireless charging pad and a total of six USB charging ports.

Buyers looking for a more premium look and feel can splurge on a number of luxury interior appointments, ranging from quilted Nappa leather to matte-finish wood.

On the safety front, Kia’s big SUV is available with tons of safety tech, including forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and a head-up display.

The all-new, 2020 Kia Telluride goes on sale in the second half of 2019 in LX, EX, S, and SX trims. Would you consider it as your next family-hauler?

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Hyundai Is Going After The Porsche Macan Sporty Tucson N

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The Korean automaker believes its plebeian crossover can reach for higher heights.

Hyundai has some big performance goals for the Tucson. It has tasked its N performance sub-brand to develop a performance version of its bread-and-butter compact utility vehicle, one that could potentiality give the Porsche Macan a run for its money on the performance front.

According to , the Hyundai Tucson N will be ready sometime in 2020, before the arrival of the next-generation Tucson. The company is keeping most details under wraps, but we do know that it will have around 340 horsepower, explaining why some are already calling it the poor man’s Porsche Macan.

The Tucson N will serve as the halo vehicle for the N sub-brand until an even more high-octane vehicle wearing the Hyundai badge comes along. A source familiar with the project told Auto Express that they’re “going to take our time with this one – because when it appears it will blow everything else away in its sector.”

How do you envision the Hyundai Tucson N and what do you want to see from Hyundai’s engineers and designers?

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