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2016 Kia Niro hybrid crossover teased


Kia Niro set to debut next year

Kia has released the first official teaser sketches of the Niro hybrid crossover which is due to be unveiled next year.

Described as a Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV), Kia says the Niro marks the development of the brand's first dedicated eco-car platform. The Korean automaker adds that the Niro is engineered as a hybrid vehicle the features “attractive” and “modern” styling.

First previewed as a concept during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia says the production version of the Niro will feature a “sporty, aerodynamic body” along with “subtly sculpted surfaces and styling details.”


Judging from the teaser photos, the Niro is fitted with sharp-looking blacked-out headlights, a distinctive bumper and the brand's signature tiger nose grill. The rear of the Niro is equipped with large horizontal taillamps, a roof-mounted spoiler, an aggressive bumper and an aluminum underbody protection.

The Niro will be powered by a 1.6-liter 'Kappa' gasoline direct injection engine that delivers 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. The said engine will be combined with a 1.56 kWh lithium-polymer battery and 32 kW electric motor. The powertrain will be mated to a six-speed double-clutch transmission.   

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