The name Niro refers to a type of stainless steel – a nod towards the lightweight stainless steel section covering the roof and surrounding the windows. This should help keep emissions down, boosting fuel economy and lowering running costs.
Kia hasn’t provided many details on the powertrain, other than to say it’s a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine with hybrid electric drive generating 158 horsepower.
The three-door crossover is still a concept at this stage, but our sources have revealed a production model could go on sale by 2015. That would give Kia a contender in the booming small SUV segment and effectively taking the place of the Venga MPV in the line-up, which isn’t expected to be replaced.