The Kia Niro, Kia's answer to rivals like the Nissan Juke, has received its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Kia says that the Niro compact crossover previews an 'urban future B-segment' contender. It's also claimed that the new concept features 'intriguing elements' that aren't typically associated with smaller cars. 

The car uses a 158bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol engine to drive the front wheels, while a 44bhp electric motor drives the rear wheels. Kia is also reportedly considering offering a lower-powered 118bhp petrol unit for its B-segment models in the future, but stresses that the Niro is not that car. That said, the company also confirmed that a production crossover is expected within two years.

Designers at Kia's studio in Frankfurt penned the Niro under the direction of chief designer for Europe Gregory Guillaume. The manufacturer says the Niro has been created 'in Europe with European tastes and expectations very much in mind.'

Kia will be using the show to assess customer response in order to help design future showroom vehicles

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