Kia reveals the Frankfurt bound Niro Concept

Posted on: Aug 29, 2013 - 8:06pm IST

The Kia Niro Concept will be the South Korean maker’s attention grabber at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Front of the Kia Niro Concept with scissor doors open
The Niro Concept is a B Segment compact crossover designed for European tastes.

The compact B Segment crossover is basically a generously proportioned high riding hatchback. The Niro Concept was penned at the brand’s design studio in Frankfurt under the leadership of Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer of Kia in Europe. During its making, the design study is claimed to have taken stock of the requirements of the European market.

Front of the Kia Niro Concept

The two door concept wears the familiar Kia grille but the triangular headlamps, “ice-cube” LED foglamps and curvy surfaces point towards a new design approach.

Rear three quarter of the Kia Niro Concept

Moving to the side profile, the Niro sports an arching roofline and a strong shoulder line. There are no recognizable design features on the rear fascia to tell that it is a Kia.

The Kia Niro features an absolutely minimal dashboard. The centre console is almost non-existent save for the upright digital display on the dashboard and the gear selector dial between the front seats. Speaking of the front seats, they are designed to look like one single piece.

Kia has announced that the concept will preview a new innovative powertrain but hasn’t revealed any details on that yet.

Dashboard of the Kia Niro Concept
The Niro features a minimally designed dashboard with a giant tunnel splitting the seats.

Head to page 2 for the press release.

Kia Niro Concept Image Gallery

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4 thoughts on “Kia reveals the Frankfurt bound Niro Concept

  1. Dr. Nayak says:

    We are talking about Kia and not 250K MB. I didn’t make the comment based on the door but the appearance of the cockpit, looked more like a Coffin!

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  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    Coffin/death trap in case of a rollover?

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    1. Aravind Anand says:

      Dr. Nayak, Thats a very good insight actually =D

      And the rear of the car is way too close to the Merc GLA class to not be called a copy. Might be a coincidence, but still would be called a copy only!

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      1. Anjan Ravi says:

        Hello Dr. Nayak and Aravind Anand,

        In modern cars with gullwing doors, manufacturers attach explosives to the hinges of the doors. In case of a rollover, the hinges explode and the door can be opened. A good example of this being the SLS AMG.

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