Kia to launch all-new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle
Early-bird renderings suggesting a sleek Cerato-sized SUV
Kia has today announced its plans to introduce an all-new low emissions vehicle to its growing model line-up. The Niro – labeled a Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) – represents a new concept from the Korean car brand, and marks the development of Kia’s first dedicated eco-car platform.
Seems like a Cerato sized, smaller than its own Sportage, The all-new Niro will maintain all the practicality and appeal of a compact SUV, while offering greater fuel economy. Engineered from the ground up as a dedicated hybrid vehicle, its attractive, modern styling will help the car stand out in a traditionally conservative sector.
Throughout the Niro’s development process, it has been conceived as a dedicated hybrid model. The car will achieve its ultra-low emissions levels and impressive fuel economy with a downsized hybrid powertrain, pairing Kia’s 1.6-liter ‘Kappa’ gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine (105 ps power output and 147 Nm of torque) with a 1.56 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack and 32 kW electric motor. The powertrain’s combined power output and torque will be applied to the road through a highly-efficient six-speed double-clutch transmission.
The Kia Niro will combine a stylish SUV design with greater fuel economy than its rivals, with a target CO2 emissions rating of under 90 g/km (combined, based on the New European Driving Cycle).
Even though Kia had only revealed the artist’s renderings, however, Kia has confirmed its plan for Niro. The sketches also suggest that the car is in near-production phase and Kia is only waiting for the desired auto show in 2016 to reveal the real car to the public. The new Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle is due to be unveiled next year, with production for overseas markets scheduled to start in late 2016. The car will be built at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea.
Is it coming to Gulf region? This remains to be seen as Kia has not revealed any further information. Watch out this space for further information as it made available.