If you’ve ever wondered how a Kia would look like with butterfly doors,
here’s your answer. Set to debut at this year’s Frankfurt auto show
is the Kia Niro concept, a B-segment vehicle that the automaker says
will “take on the urban environment with style and tenacity.”
In terms of style, the Niro showcases crossover-like proportions and familiar Kia design cues. Up front there’s the automaker’s signature Tiger Nose grille, while the rear end combines hints of the Rio hatchback and Sportage crossover. The
two-tone paint job is mostly black with the upper half finished in
silver metallic. Neon green accents are used in areas like the center
hub caps, and a stripe running along the tire tread.
The interior is relatively simple and utilitarian. The front seats
and center console appear to be molded from one piece of
metallic-looking material, and a mostly-black dashboard features a large
infotainment display. Other elements include neon green accents and a
flat-bottom steering wheel.
Kia says the Niro concept, which was designed at the automaker’s
design studio in Frankfurt, will be “used to gauge potential customer
response.” No powertrain details were provided, but the Niro’s B-segment
designation means it could possibly ride on the Rio’s platform and be powered by a version of its 1.6-liter I-4.