The Kia Niro concept that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September 2013, has been given the green light for production, says a report from Auto Express. The concept was designed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer of Kia Europe. The concept “hints at a possible future B-segment contender”, the company said while announcing the concept.
Slotting below the Sportage, the sub-compact crossover will be based on the next-gen Rio and replace the Venga mini MPV, as per the report. Citing an undisclosed source, the report suggests that although the design hasn’t been finalised just yet, Kia would use the Niro concept’s design because it was “so well received”. The source hinted that the car will be slightly taller than the concept.
Competitors for the Niro is straightforward going to come from the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and the Peugeot 2008. According to the report, a wide range of personalisation packs will be offfered, including contrasting roof finishes and rugged off-road styling options. Three engines: 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.7-litre diesel, will be offered. Moreover, a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain may also be offered. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard, while a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be available optionally. The drivetrain layout will be front-wheel drive only.
The report concludes saying that the B-segment crossover’s price will be competitive and production will be tasked to the company’s first European factory in Zilina, Slovakia. The C’eed (5-door hatchback, 5-door wagon and pro_cee’d 3-door coupe) and Sportage crossover are also built at this plant.
[Source: Auto Express]