The 2016 Kia Niro will probably be released next year. The new crossover will be based on the Niro Concept which had its premiere at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. Although the production of this model has yet to be confirmed from the manufacturer, the rumors are pretty loud about its arrival on the general market. According to them, the new Niro will look similar to the concept which you can see on the photos below, but it will have its appearance slightly changed in order to please the global aesthetic taste. Of course, the new crossover will keep some of the recognizable Kia design details, but it is expected that the new model will have a style of its own. As for the interior, the new Niro will have a simple and clean cabin, which is a bit unexpected since its exterior is designed in a completely different way. Of course, we expect it to be fully equipped with the latest technology gadgets, so we are sure that the model will tick all the boxes on the equipment list. The powertrain information of the 2016 Kia Niro is quite scarce, but the rumors say that it will have an interesting hybrid setup with more than enough power to make the experience of driving it enjoyable and fun.
2016 Kia Niro Design
The 2016 Kia Niro will inherit most of its design cues from the Niro concept we mentioned earlier. As the spectators had to chance to see, the concept model was very bold, robust and modern. The body of the new crossover will surely resemble the latter in most details. To start with, the new 2016 Niro will be a very cozy and comfortable vehicle in terms of both passengers’ and cargo space as well as the enjoyment of the drive. The new model will be 1,648 inches long, 613 inches high, 728 inches wide and with a wheelbase of 1,020 inches. Therefore, the new Niro will offer comfort and space inside, but it will also be very stable and smooth on the road, or off of it. In addition, the manufacturer used a lot of lightweight materials such as carbon fibers and aluminum in order to reduce the model’s weight, which will have a positive impact on its fuel efficiency, agility and precision. As for the appearance, we expect the new model to be a bit more modest than the concept, but it should keep most of the cues seen on the latter. The Niro’s unique and robust body shape, followed by gull-wing doors and precise lines will surely make it stand off the crowd. The design is bold, modern and aggressive. This will surely be one of those models which you either love or hate.
Rumors About Hybrid Powertrain
As for the powertrain for the 2016 Kia Niro, there is not much information announced about this issue. The scarce pieces of the reports about it say that the new model will use a hybrid powertrain which will consist of a turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDi engine and an electric motor. The conventional unit will generate around 158 horsepower, while the electric motor will be capable of producing around 45 horsepower, which will in total provide the vehicle with more than enough power. As for the transmission, the new Niro will use a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which will connect the engine to the front wheels. The rear wheels will, on the other hand, be attached to the electric motor. The specifics of the crossover’s performance are still unknown.
2016 Kia Niro Release
The 2016 Kia Niro will probably be released next year in Europe, though its presence on the USA market is still questionable. We sincerely hope they will recognize the potential of such a model and not limit it to only one, or few markets, but that they will offer it to car enthusiasts around the globe.