The Kia Niro concept debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The car, designed almost entirely by Peter Schreyer at Kia’s Frankfurt studio, is a sporty 3-door subcompact crossover with butterfly doors that open into the roof panel. The front wheels are powered by the 1.6-liter Gamma inline-4 producing 160 hp mated with a 7-speed rotary-shifted dual-clutch transmission, while a 45-hp electric hybrid system powers the rear wheels when driving in rougher road conditions.
The 2017 Kia Niro was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. A subcompact “hybrid utility vehicle” positioned below the Kia Sportage, the Niro uses an all-new hybrid powertrain producing altogether 139 hp, and returns a fuel economy of 43 to 50 miles per US gallon (5.5 to 4.7 L/100 km) thanks to its usage of lightweight materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum.
2016 Geneva motor show
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