New compact Kia concept sets out to offer a stylish and rugged car for dealing with urban environments

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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29 August 2013

self-healing bumpers, retractable wingmirrors and something to cure the problem of a cyclist lost in your blackspot. Surely these are what's needed to address the true perils of urban driving and not this sort of aggressive sub-Dredd styling.

29 August 2013

Lewis Kingston wrote:

Kia says that the Niro compact crossover previews an 'urban future B-segment' contender.

Kia currently has no plans to build a production version of the concept.

Oh, ok. That makes sense.

Also, what is the point of the Soul then?

29 August 2013
tuga wrote:

Lewis Kingston wrote:

Kia says that the Niro compact crossover previews an 'urban future B-segment' contender.

Kia currently has no plans to build a production version of the concept.

Oh, ok. That makes sense.

Also, what is the point of the Soul then?

Haven't you seen the new one? Its moving up a size being based on C'eed, rather than the Rio/i20 one.

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

29 August 2013

Those silly over-bright lights on the front mean you dont really notice much else about this vehicle, but apart from that I like the look of this. With a bad back and long legs I wish there were a few more slightly raised, smaller 3 door vehicles like this, but manufacturers just seem to want to do 5 door versions nowadays. Even the forthcoming VW Taigun is going to be 5 door.

IAD

29 August 2013

Styling is very much at the forefreont at the moment for Kia to enhance their brand overseas. (If it isn't then it should be).

29 August 2013

WOW! Clearly the styling of the nose has been inspired by a Peter Bowles moustache.

29 August 2013

Kia's design language has come a long way from the days of yore - thanks primarily to Peter Schreyer.
I saw Kia Pro'Ceed GT the other day and its a handsome car. But I must say it looks even better in photos.

10 September 2013

"New compact Kia concept sets out to offer a stylish and rugged car for dealing with urban environments"

Who would've thought it. In the Niro, Kia may have produced a car that can apprehend mobile phone thieves and maybe even knock you up a bacon and egg sarnie after a night out! Either that or they're a bit late to the party as I'm guessing that most small/medium cars have been, ahem, "dealing with urban environments" for the last 100+ years....

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