The compact crossover is leading in sales in key markets such as germany and the uk. Since 2020, making kia the seventh ranked brand in europe, kia niro in particular, has single handedly helped the korean company to gain 7 of the market share in europe. Kia has sold 77 498 units of nero in 2020 up 34.7 from the previous year, ranked his second most popular eco friendly vehicle in europe. Out of the all units sold the eevee version known as nero eevee or e nero accounted for more than half of this total. The reason for the popularity is its affordability and the honest to goodness eevee performance with the price in the low thirty thousand dollar range. With the federal tax credit and the real life range that approaches 300 miles its one of the best electric vehicles that money can buy and its due to this kind of tremendous popularity that there is now a next generation model upcoming. Despite the fact, the platform sharing hyundai ionic hatchback is being discontinued with the next all new eurofast approaching. We will find out all about the upcoming model, including the design specifications, expected release date and price. So before we go on, we would highly appreciate your support by subscribing and turning on the notification bell. If you havent already – and please dont, forget to like comment and vote on the question thats presented at the end of the video, the biggest change that you can look forward to in the next generation.

Nero is the design based on the habanero concept of 2019. First introduced at the new york international auto show it was to showcase kias direction for the suv of the future as a youthful brand as a concept for the production nero. It was also to address neros, perhaps biggest shortcoming its rather plain and unexciting appearance. Habanero featured a stunning design with butterfly doors, a red, hot interior and a tough looking front end and skid plate thats home both on and off road and most of the design cues, including the color contrasting c pillar. That extends down to the wheel well scene define their way to the new production, nero judging by the spy photos and predictive renderings. The crazy butterfly doors, unfortunately wont make the production. Unfortunately, the provocative, augmented reality head up. Display navigation from the concept will also make it into production, and the rest of the interior is just as provocative as the latest fifth generation kia sportage has the all new kia niro is also to receive the near duplicate of the futuristic and high tech interior of The ev6 complete with a dual panoramic 12.3 inch lcd screens for drivers, cluster and infotainment. It also features the ev6 styled shift by wire rotating shift dial and two spoke steering wheel to complete the authentic ev6 ambience. Another big change that you can expect is the performance and the efficiency improvements of the hybrid and the plug in hybrid versions. The sources indicate that the next generation nero would host power plant from the bigger sorrento, hybrid and plug in hybrid.

This is a significant upgrade as the older kappa engine used in the current nero dates back to 2008. First used in cars like the now defunct hyundai accent. The newest sorrento uses the latest smartstream engine thats much more powerful, clean and efficient, also used in the latest. Sportage, the kia sorento hybrid power plant features a turbocharged 1.6 liter inline, four cylinder engine with a 44.2 kilowatt electric motor and a 1.49 kilowatt hour battery pack for a total output of 227 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. The plug in hybrid version features the same 1.6 liter turbo engine, but has a more powerful 66.9 kilowatt electric motor and a larger 13.8 kilowatt hour battery pack to produce a total of 261 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. That is capable of achieving 35 miles or 56 kilometers of pure electric range needing two hours to charge using the level 2 charger in sorrento. These power plants rendered 0 to 60 miles per hour time of mid 8 seconds in both versions due to plug in hybrids. Heavier weight in the application of the much lighter nero the time is expected to be cut by at least one second, with respect to the impending release of the next generation neuro, the biggest question that is raised is whether or not the pure eevee version would continue To be available, unfortunately, kia is not making it clear what the future is for the zero emission version of nero.

There might be a couple of reasons for kias ambiguity. First, as earlier mentioned its due to the planned discontinuation of the hyundai ionic hatchback, which is a sister car to neuro ev as ionic, is branched off to being a sub brand of hyundai exclusive to electric cars. There is no plan to produce the next generation model of the current ionic hatchback and without the donor vehicle from hyundai, there may be little chance that kia will get its own electric version. Secondly, however, what is coming is a celto sized 800 volts egmp based dedicated electric crossover called ev4, which will essentially be a smaller and more affordable version of the ev6. Also, the expected arrival time for this sensational compact dedicated electric crossover is nearly the same time as the release date of the new nero in the second quarter of 2022, which makes it even harder to imagine that two models sharing the same target market would be released At the same time, however, with kias mission of putting out more than 11 new electric vehicles by 2026, with the ev6 being just first, it wouldnt be entirely impossible to fathom a more affordable, non egmp derivative electric vehicle to be released. At the same time as the dedicated ev, the current nero ev still does a marvelous job in delivering the best ev value in the industry as the top ranking mass market product and jd power. 2021 ev ownership study and we wouldnt be surprised if the current electric power plant was carried over with a slight modification.

This is because the nero ev specifications are truly ahead of their time. The current nero eevee features large for its size, 64 kilowatt hour. High density lithium ion polymer battery pack, combined with its highly efficient motor that produces 201 horsepower and stout 291 pound feet of torque. To put it in perspective, the 64 kilowatt hour battery pack is actually larger than the standard range kia, ev6 thats powered by a 58 kilowatt hour battery also nero ev, actually packs more power than the entry level single motor ev6 model. That only comes with horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque and outpace the more expensive ev6s. 0, 60 acceleration time of 8.5 seconds by nearly 1.5 seconds at 7 seconds flat, with the new nero growing in size to near the sportage dimensions, as it is to share the same platform as the popular suv. There might be room for both electric vehicles to coexist. The ev4 would be occupying the space where the current nero ev would be leaving with the new neuro ev, offering the electric alternative to sportage. With a more stylish passenger car flare. There is also a talk of an electric, sportage or esportage, and you can find out more by viewing our feature video by clicking on the link at the top right corner of the screen due to the global chip shortage affecting production, the expected release date of the Second generation nero is now second quarter, 2022 moved from early 2022, as originally anticipated.

The hybrid will be released first, with the plug in hybrid version to follow within the year. The estimated price should only be slightly higher compared to the current model, with a starting price of about twenty seven thousand dollars for the hybrid version and thirty, two thousand dollars for the plug. In version, if released, the edi version should start from low forty thousand dollars, which would still give you about five thousand dollars cushion from the lowest priced ev6. As for the end of the video question of the new possible electric vehicle options in the near future, what would be your choice? The ev6 base model, the celta sized ev4 or the new e neuro and esportage if they were ever to be produced. Please vote and share your views by clicking on the link in the comment section below thanks for watching auto vision, your best source for the fastest korean car news and rumors dont forget to comment like subscribe and click on the notification bell. Also dont forget to join our forum and share your passion for korean cars at