The Kia Niro concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (2013 IAA) is soon to be unveiled in production guise. In its production form too, the name remains unchanged. The company has released two teasers of the production model that indicate that not much has changed in terms of design and styling from the concept. The production version is a five-door of course, unlike the concept which had three doors. The car we’ll see in metal won’t have this low stance seen in the renderings, but still the design and styling seem to be as good as it could get for a crossover its size.
The 2016 Kia Niro is the first hybrid crossover from the South Korean brand. Along with the release of the teasers, the company has announced that it plans to put the sub-compact crossover on sale in H1 2016. The ‘Niro’ name, the company suggests, comes from its idea of ‘Near Zero Hero’.
The 2016 Kia Niro’s hybrid powertrain comprises a 1.6-litre GDi Kappa naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 105 PS (104 hp) and 15.0 kg.m (147 Nm) of torque, and is assisted by a 35 kW electric motor which gets its power from a 1.56 kWh battery. Announcing this hybrid powertrain’s engine last month, Hyundai Motor said that the first car featuring this engine will arrive in early 2016, which means that the Kia Niro could arrive as early as in Q1 2016. Power will be sent to the wheels, most likely the front ones, through a 6-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission.
Usually Kia models are based on Hyundai models, but the Kia Niro is original in itself. It could be based on the same platform as the Hyundai sub-compact crossover which we know the South Korean auto giant is working on for developed markets like those in Europe and North America.