Earlier this year in New York City, Kia unveiled the new Kia HabaNiro concept, meant to foreshadow the future of Kia’s electric vehicle design. Cleverly named after the habanero pepper and Kia’s current Niro EV, the new HabaNiro concept is bold in its design, capable in its performance and technology, and incredibly efficient. All at once, the concept accomplishes butterfly wing doors, a level-five autonomous mode, and an all-electric range of more than 200 miles.
“We wanted this concept to be comfortable navigating city streets, carving turns on a coastal road, and off-roading with confidence to remote wilderness adventures,” said Tom Kearns, vice president of design for Kia Design Center America (KDCA). Kia most definitely accomplished this with a versatile concept that the brand is calling an all-electric Everything Car (ECEV): “commuter, crossover, sport utility, state-of-the-art workroom, and adventure vehicle.”
“We imagined a car for everyone and nearly everything. Then, when we saw the finished product, we were blown away by the imagination of the HabaNiro’s creators and its laboratory of technology and we want it in our driveways. Today.”
The bold Kia HabaNiro concept rides on 20-inch wheels and has chiseled lines. The concept features an eye-catching Lava Red aero panel and boasts a grille designed to look like a shark’s snout. Inside, the HabaNiro is packed with technology, like the Perimeter Ventilation System, Heads-Up Display, a Technical Option Sharing System, and Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving.
We’d love to see something as spicy and stylish as the Kia HabaNiro Concept in the Gossett Kia South showroom sooner rather than later. In the meantime, you can check out Kia’s no-less fun and functional vehicles right here.