While everyone is busy at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Kia sets its sight on this February’s Chicago Auto Show, where the Korean automaker will unveil the new Niro hybrid utility vehicle (HUV).
Building on the original concept that made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Niro hybrid certainly looks more feasible for production thanks to the revised styling formulated by the automaker’s design centres in California and Namyang. The car will compete in the booming global compact crossover market and fit between the Soul and Sportage in the company’s lineup.
If you think the Niro looks a lot like the latter, know that you’re not alone in this. From the front, we can see the crossover wearing a slim version of the brand’s tiger-nose grille, matched with headlights that are clearly designed based on the new Sportage. The resemblance continues to the rear, where the concept sports high-mounted LED lights, narrow windscreen and a roof-mounted spoiler.
The Niro will be built on Kia’s new eco-car platform, which includes a “downsized gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain” that is capable of producing a sub-90 g/km CO2 emissions rating. Nothing is official as of yet, although some reports suggest that the car could feature a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission as well as a 47-hp electric motor with a 1.56kWh battery.
KIA REVEALS FIRST IMAGES OF ALL-NEW NIRO HYBRID UTILITY VEHICLE
- Kia reveals first images of all-new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle
- Exclusive first images of Niro HUV illustrates sporty and versatile design
- Niro HUV world premiere set for Chicago Auto Show in February 2016
- Dedicated hybrid powertrain specifically developed for all-new model
(SEOUL) January 12, 2016 – Kia has today unveiled the first official images of the sporty and versatile Niro – an all-new Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) that’s set to add a fresh dimension to the global compact SUV market.
The styling of the Niro was led by Kia’s design centers in California, USA and Namyang, Korea and incorporates the practicality and aesthetic allure of a compact SUV, with a sleek, aerodynamic body and subtly sculptured surfaces.
Highlighting the raised rear haunches that endow the HUV with an athletic stance, the image also reveals high-mounted LED taillights that complement an uncluttered rear end. The slim character line and rear windows emphasize the car’s sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the Niro’s muscular wheel arches.
The all-new Kia Niro is the first model to be based on Kia’s new dedicated eco-car platform, and the HUV is set to achieve a sub-90 g/km CO2 emissions rating (combined, based on the New European Driving Cycle) thanks to its all-new downsized gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.
The Niro HUV will be unveiled to the world for the first time at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show in February, and will demonstrate the considerable steps the brand has made in delivering comfortable, fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in low-emission motoring.