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Playful but gutsy, sturdy yet impish – the new kia niro encapsulates a dramatic new urban lifestyle concept that is set to become a possible future b-segment contender ready to take on the city with style and tenacity. With its muscular bodyshape, strong premium feel and 1.6-litre t-gdi engine with hybrid electric drive, the kia niro is all set to satisfy the assured modern motorist.
Going anywhere with style
Automotive design has to look at what the future could hold, not just what is probable. Kia believes that drivers want excitement and new solutions from their vehicles. Dihedral “butterfly” doors for example that open into the roof panel and swing up high with low-set flush handles. Beyond that the new Kia Niro offers many fascinating design details: Mounted directly onto the side windows are milled “Plexiglas” door mirrors with in-built downward-facing cameras. The signature “tiger-nose” grille outline, front and rear towing hooks, bonnet-located air outlet and other elements are highlighted in anodised “Limelight” aluminium.
Visionary & pragmatic
The new Kia Niro is ready for any purpose. As a 2+2 it combines the flexibility of a large cargo deck with a very upmarket interior: The one-piece moulded front seats seen in the Kia Provo are covered in a techno-look “Orbit Silver” line-quilted textile. Extensive use of “Volcano Black” leather on the front dashboard and binnacle coupled with switchgear and other elements finished in either anodised black or “Limelight” aluminium give a cosseting and quality feel to the cabin.
Cutting-edge driver’s controls
Ahead of the driver is a supervision digital instrument binnacle that can be formatted and switched to provide relevant information like vehicle attitude, compass and entertainment information, Bluetooth functions, as well as mapping and satellite navigation.The active owner can see and record live pictures from the video cameras mounted at the front and rear, in the door mirrors and elsewhere in the car.
A promising future
The new Kia Niro comes with a variant of Kia’s turbocharged 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ engine, capable of 160 hp. The engine and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission serve the front wheels while an electric hybrid system powered by regenerative braking delivers up to 45 hp to the rear wheels – when road conditions require extra grip.