Kia Habaniro Concept previews next e-Niro

Revealed at the New York Motor Show, the Kia Habaniro previews a new e-Niro due in 2021

The Kia Habaniro Concept has been revealed at the New York Motor Show, giving an early indication of what the next-generation e-Niro will look like when it arrives in 2021.

The Habaniro Concept is fully electric, however the new Niro will follow the current model in having electric, plug-in hybrid and petrol-electric hybrid variants.

Kia claims a range of over 300 miles for the Habaniro, although no details regarding battery size have been disclosed. Performance figures have also been kept under wraps for now.

The Korean company has at least revealed that the Habaniro features two electric motors, providing four-wheel drive. The current e-Niro uses a single electric motor, powering just the front wheels.

Measuring 4,430mm long, the Habaniro Concept is 75mm longer than the current Niro, while the wheelbase has also grown from 2,700mm to 2,830mm to increase space for passengers.

The slimmer variation of the Kia 'tiger nose' grille on the Habaniro is expected to stay in place on the eventual production car, as are the ‘heartbeat’ LED daytime running lights and bolder proportions.

Meanwhile, the dark grey cladding at the front and the ‘Lava Red’ highlights are expected to be toned down by the time the car hits showrooms.

The Habaniro Concept sits on 20-inch wheels, with butterfly doors similar to those on the BMW i3. However, Kia is expected to revert to a more conventional five-door setup on the production car.

The interior is far less representative of the car we’ll see in 2021: there are no buttons on the dashboard, while the interior is lined with bright red upholstery to match the exterior highlights.

Information is projected onto a head-up display that stretches across the width of the windscreen, while the dashboard acts as a digital instrument panel that responds to the driver’s touch using ‘Sensory Light Feedback’ technology.

The climate control is similarly advanced, automatically distributing air throughout the interior as soft, ambient light in the floor helps create a relaxing environment inside.

The theme of passenger comfort continues with ‘Level 5’ autonomous capability, allowing the Habaniro Concept to drive itself as its occupants unwind.

Recommended

Two new Kia electric SUV models expected to follow EV6
Kia logo
Kia

Two new Kia electric SUV models expected to follow EV6

23 Aug 2021
Kia announces first of seven new electric cars due by 2027
New Kia electric cars
Kia

Kia announces first of seven new electric cars due by 2027

15 Jan 2021

Most Popular

Top 10 best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2021
Mercedes EQB
Best cars

Top 10 best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2021

If the regular crop of electrified SUVs and family cars don’t provide enough practicality for you, then take a closer look at the range of electric an…
5 Oct 2021
Top 10 best luxury electric cars 2021
BMW iX
Best cars

Top 10 best luxury electric cars 2021

From Audi to Tesla, here are our top picks of the most luxurious zero-emissions motoring options on the market right now
7 Oct 2021
Electric car sales UK: Tesla Model 3 tops the charts in September 2021
Tesla Model 3
News

Electric car sales UK: Tesla Model 3 tops the charts in September 2021

The Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling car in the UK overall during September 2021, as the chip shortage continues to hit new vehicle supplies
5 Oct 2021