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Kia Niro concept

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Kia's Niro concept, which debuts at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, will hint at a possible B-segment model.

Designed at Kia's Frankfurt design studio under the direction of chief designer Europe Gregory Guillaume, Kia says the Niro will feature "intriguing elements not always associated with smaller cars" as well as a mix of contrasting materials.

Although full details haven't been released, the pictures show the Niro features triangular headlamps along with Kia's signature ‘tiger nose' grill design and muscular wheelarches. Arguably the most striking feature is the inclusion of the scissor doors sitting above a single-piece stainless steel roof.

Inside, the first thing you notice is the single molding for the front seats and center console, while the futuristic-looking central screen is framed at the bottom by four toggle switches like those in the Rio hatchback.

Although there are no current plans to move the Niro into production, its unveiling will be used to gauge potential customer response for future production models while also previewing a new powertrain.

Gallery: Kia Niro concept >