While we’re beaming with the Detroit releases as the North American International Auto Show unfolds, we shouldn’t forget we’ll revisit the continent next month for the Chicago Auto Show.
As such, the automakers appear to be saving some goodies for this upcoming event as well – we all know smaller auto salons are less crowded and as such a world premiere will get more attention. Kia for now has decided to tease us with some semi-revealing shots of the incoming crossover vehicle that would also gain a dedicated hybrid powertrain. We already saw this one doing the rounds of the spy photographers and now Kia appears to be wrapping up the development of the model it class a Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV). The Niro name has also been employed previously by the carmaker on a concept dating from 2013. The company delivered some sketches a few months back but now the teaser photos shed more light on the body – we can clearly see we’re dealing with a compact crossover that has taken the DNA of the 2017 Sportage.
The Niro nonetheless is an all-new model that has a distinct architecture and the brand says it will come with a less than 90 g/km CO2 rating. Kia has refrained from providing too many details about the powertrain, though it specifies it’s a newly developed gasoline-electric downsized hybrid powertrain. We’re guessing they’ll recycle the one used by the new Hyundai Ioniq range – a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor: 103 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque for the petrol mill and another 43 hp and 125 lb-ft coming from the electric power plant.