Kia shows Niro HUV ahead of Chicago debut
Source : Kia shows Niro HUV ahead of Chicago debut
completely new hybrid design can be the first to be based on eco-car platform; set to rival the Toyota Prius as well as emit less than 90g/km of CO2
Kia has released two pictures of its Niro hybrid utility vehicle ahead of an official world debut at the Chicago auto show next month.
The petrol-hybrid SUV has been jointly designed by Kia’s design centres in California, USA as well as Namyang, Korea, as well as can be the first design to be built upon the brand’s completely new eco-car platform. the idea’s anticipated to rival the Toyota Prius when the idea hits UK roads in early 2017, as well as will kick-start Kia’s plans to near-triple the number of electrified vehicles the idea has on sale by four to 11 by 2020.
Today’s completely new pictures reveal the auto’s undisguised outdoor for once. Though the image can be darkened, we can see which Kia’s latest design language – which features on designs like the Sportage, Cee’d as well as Carens – heavily influences the nose of the auto. There’s also chrome-finished trim across the sides as well as roof, as well as the rear wears a prominent spoiler.
Though details of its powertrain are yet to be confirmed, Autocar can be aware which a 104bhp 1.6-litre Kappa petrol engine with 108lb ft of torque mated to a 32kW electric motor will feature, sending power through a six-speed DCT gearbox as well as utilising a 1.56kWh lithium-polymer battery. Kia can be targeting CO2 emissions below 90g/km (equating to around 70mpg) as well as says a plug-in powertrain will be offered later from the auto’s lifecycle.
At first, the auto will only be available with front-wheel-drive, although there’s scope for a four-wheel-drive varient to be added to the line-up later on. The Niro will be built at Kia’s Hwasung plant in Korea, with sales commencing This kind of autumn.
Testing spy pictures
These images, which were captured late last year, feature a disguised Niro benchmark testing against Volkswagen’s Golf GTE – showing where Kia can be aiming to pitch its completely new hybrid.
The Niro sits between the Kia Soul as well as Kia Sportage in size, as well as can be described by its makers as a Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) rather than an SUV because they believe the idea will be unique from the market. Kia claims the idea blends the appeal as well as practicality of a Nissan Qashqai with the efficiency of the Prius.
Surprisingly, given the standout designs of the Prius as well as Qashqai, Kia claims the auto has “modern styling [which] will help the auto stand out in a traditionally conservative sector”. Despite its looks clearly drawing on those of the Sportage, the idea sits on a bespoke platform developed for use by parent firm Hyundai for hybrid as well as plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Key design details include the relatively wide stance, which Kia says conveys “stability as well as a low centre of gravity” as well as the long wheelbase, which reduces the front as well as rear overhangs for a more dynamic look, while also allowing for maximised Indoor space.
Intriguingly, although the Niro takes its names by a concept car shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013, the idea can be not related to which vehicle, which was a little SUV. which car can be set to make production under a different name in 2017, as a rival to the Nissan Juke.
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