2016 Kia Niro Rumors, Design & Powertrain
The Niro Concept, which was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, might get its production version, according to some rumors. With its attractive unique style, which will probably be slightly adjusted in order to make this good-looking high-end compact crossover more suitable for the general public, this vehicle could be released next year as a 2016 model. The moniker is expected to be the 2016 Kia Niro. There’s no doubt that the production version will heavily rely on the Niro Concept, so we hope that the 2016 Niro will come looking rough and powerful. The fact that the 2016 Kia Niro is made with Europeans in mind doesn’t mean that the U.S. market won’t be glad to see it. Its fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain and really amazing appearance could be interesting for the American drivers. The 2016 Kia Niro will have some of the styling cues of the Kia family, but it will be unique just enough to attract the attention of the passers-by.
2016 Kia Niro Body Design
The appearance of the Niro Concept and, therefore, the 2016 Kia Niro is inventive and unique. It looks like it’s made for very demanding off-road adventures, but at the same time, the touch of high-technology and modern style make it look smart and urban. Its muscular body and gull-wing doors were enough to make this crossover attractive. The exterior of the 2016 Kia Niro looks like this vehicle can be seen at an off-road race start several decades in the future. Despite its rough appearance, the 2016 Niro is actually a very cozy and comfortable vehicle whose luxury level is pretty high. The manufacturer used lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon-fibre. Its overall length is 1,648 inches and it’s 613 inches high and 728 inches wide, while the wheelbase is 1,020 inches long.
Hybrid Powertrain: 1.6-liter T-GDi Engine & 45-hp Electric Motor
There’s no much data about this crossover’s powertrain. However, some general outlines of the future powertrain are known. The 2016 Kia Niro will be powered by a hybrid setup, which will have a turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDi engine. This engine will be able to deliver 158 horsepower. This engine will transmit its power via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to the front wheels. Since the 2016 Niro is a crossover, it’s rear wheels won’t be neglected. Those will be powered by an electric motor which will generate around 45 horsepower.
2016 Kia Niro In U.S.?
It’s questionable whether this vehicle will ever be seen in the U.S. It is made for the European market, but there’s no doubt that the urban American drivers would love yet another unique and hip vehicle available. Maybe the manufacturer won’t distribute the exact model in the U.S., but something similar, based on the 2016 Kia Niro would be great.