This article was originally published on Fleet News.
Kia has cut the lead times for the e-Niro to within two months, following a boost in supply. At the time of writing (in August), Kia says a customer who orders a new e-Niro can expect delivery in September.
The all-electric model, which provides a range of up to 282 miles, had a lead time of around 12 months when it launched in 2018.
In July, Kia UK delivered more e-Niros in one month than in the entirety of 2019. Now firmly into the second half of 2020, availability has been increased even further, allowing for the shortest lead times for the e-Niro since launch.
This increase in UK allocation for e-Niro also supports back orders, which are now “significantly reduced”. Additionally, it provides the brand’s dealers the opportunity to display more demonstrator models, allowing customers to see and feel the car and enhance the buying process.
Paul Philpott, president and CEO of Kia Motors (UK), said: “The Niro family has brought increased variance, style and eco credentials to our UK product offering. With the additional e-Niro availability coming to our shores it places our dealer partners in a better position to satisfy the huge demand we have received for the vehicle. What’s more, the recently launched Soul EV adds to this ability to give our customers what they want, when they want it.”
The increase in supply is focussed mainly on the e-Niro, however additional supply has also been added to the UK allocation of Soul EVs.
The e-Niro is now offered with a more traditional trim walk, consisting of 2, 3, and 4+ grades. Entry-level 2 models are fitted with a 39kWh battery pack, which provides a range of up to 180 miles and costs £32,595 (exc grant).
Sister brand Hyundai has also cut the lead time on its Kona Electric, which shares a platform with the e-Niro.