While Kia Niro concept car from couple years ago wasn’t very promising in terms of future production, 2017 Kia Niro subcompact hatchback crossover is a real deal. It has been spied at Nürburgring which means that the car will certainly make it into Korean manufacturers’ lineup. It only remains to see when, but we guess it might be quite soon.
The Engine range
While initially dubbed as petrol burner, it seems that Kia has changed the strategy for their new subcompact. From what we know, 2017 Kia Niro will be exclusively offered as a standard or plug-in hybrid. Additional details still elude us, but the concept was offered with 1.6L turbo four and electric drive system. Maybe the internal combustion engine gets to be carried over, but our guess would be that it will at least lose the turbocharger. As far as everything else is concerned, it’s pretty much everyone’s guess.
All-new look – inside and outside
Niro concept was way too futuristic to be produced as it was. Spied, camouflaged models seem to be much more conventional in their design, but sadly, we can’t decipher all of their cues. We’ll have to assume that Kia’s next-gen design language will find its way and make an appearance on the new 2017 Kia Niro. This likely means that the mini will be offered with contemporary lights both up front and around the back. It should feature Korean maker’s trademark grille too, and its stance will be lower than it is the case with other compact crossovers.
By looking at the mule spied recently, we can also assume that Niro will offer a few wagon cues like the flat roofline and larger rear quarter windows.
Niro’s interior is still something that we haven’t had the chance to look upon. We can only assume what kind of materials and features will be offered by pinpointing car’s position inside Kia’s lineup, but as far as actual cabin layout goes, there’s nothing we can do. Concept’s cabin design can safely be forgotten. Now, since 2017 Kia Niro is a subcompact, it should be quite affordable. This means that you shouldn’t expect leather surfaces and any advanced equipment.
However, top grades only, should offer a touch screen display and most of features that usually go with it. Apart from that, expect only standard gear like a CD/MP3 player, USB port, at least one 12V outlet and other similar goodies.
Safety gear will likely follow similar routine, but we have been surprised by some subcompacts in recent years. Even though we don’t expect much from Niro, mini crossover should offer anti-lock brakes, at least six airbags and stability control. Hill-start assist should be standard as well, and rearview camera and parking sensors should at least be optional close to the entry-level.
2017 Kia Niro Price and Release date
Speculating about future 2017 Kia Niro’s fuel economy ratings wouldn’t make too much sense if we tried to pinpoint the exact figures. However, we can always give you figures that would be expected from it and 40 mpg combined or thereabouts don’t seem unreasonable for such a small vehicle with a hybrid powertrain, no less. Usually, subcompact crossovers start from below the $20,000 range, but since Niro is supposed to offer a hybrid engine under its hood, its price tag might be slightly larger than that of the mentioned mark.
2017 Kia Niro is a car with lots of potential and we say this before it has even appeared. By looking at the facts, this statement looks like only reasonable one. Niro will be efficient, it will be “green”, and it will be a contemporary crossover. These types of vehicles tend to pull a large part of the markets towards them and serve as trendsetters.
The biggest rivals are Jeep Renegade and Ford EcoSport.