The Kia Niro concept is the firm's answer to rivals like the Nissan Juke
The cabin appears spacious and comfortable
Kia says the compact crossover is a future B-segment contender
The Niro was penned by Kia's design team in Frankfurt
A production crossover, not necessarily based on the Niro, is expected within two years
Kia has created the Niro with European tastes in mind
The company won't produce the concept, instead it will use it to gauge public reaction
Advanced digital instrumentation can overlay sat-nav directions in the main cluster
The car is powered by a 158bhp 1.6-litre engine
Kia is also considering a lower-powered 118bhp petrol unit
Rotary gear selector is unlike to make it in to production models
Integral bucket seats would also be unlikely to make it in to series production
The interior seems ideal for a vehicle designed for light recreational use
A 44bhp electric motor drives the rear wheels
The electric motor effectively grants the Niro four-wheel drive
Substantial switches lend a slightly militaristic feel
The concept was shown for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show
A small teaser shot was revealed before the Frankfurt motor show
The interior was also previewed ahead of Frankfurt
Early concept sketches hinted at the Niro's design
Initial interior sketches show how much of the original design made it through to the concept
These illustrations show how the rotary gear selector operates and the other functions that are available
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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