Kia e-Niro gets new tech and extra supply for 2020
Released to the UK market in April of this year as Kia’s second fully electric vehicle, the e-Niro out-sold expectations, clearing through the UK’s total UK allocation of 900 units within a month. So far customers, all 3,000 of them, have been on a waiting list for the new model ever since.
Heading into 2020, Kia has promised to clear their current order bank of e-Niro’s in the first 6 months of 2020, a promising extra allocation from July 2020.
The 2020 model will undergo a handful of updates including new LED headlights, a revamped interior featuring a 10.25in touchscreen, battery heating system, ambient lighting, and a new telematics system. The 2019MY ‘First Edition’ will be replaced by a new, bigger-spec ‘e-Niro 4’.
The interior features black leather upholstery, heated front seats and heated steering wheel, an electric parking brake with auto-hold, auto air con, adaptive smart cruise control, smart entry system, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay, DAB Radio, and an eight-speaker JBL sound system.
The new model will be available for £33,795 after the UK Plug-in Grant of up to £1,500. Kia’s UK boss, Paul Philpott, admitted the firm faced a “challenge” to meet the “unprecedented demand” for the e-Niro, but promised that “we are ready to meet customer demand for all-electric cars” in 2020.
Orders are now open again, with deliveries expected to start from July of next year. Can’t wait that long? How about the new 2020 Kia Soul EV? The second-generation Soul EV, sharing the same platform as the e-Niro, will be arriving in March.