An interesting Kia prototype was spotted in the Austrian Alps and we believe underneath the disguise it’s the Niro small crossover.

An interesting Kia prototype was spotted in the Austrian Alps and we believe underneath the disguise it's the Niro small crossover, even though at a first glance it looks like a cee'd-based rival for the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan.

Kia revealed its intentions of coming out with a small crossover back in 2013 with the Niro concept, a B-segment high-riding model set to take on the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and the others. We know that a production version is being developed and chances are this is it, with a reveal set for next year when the model will be slotted underneath the all-new Sportage, but above the Soul.

We are aware of the fact that Kia just launched the Hyundai ix25-based KX-3 in China, but this appears to look different and it's probably a more sophisticated global model. 

A little bird told us it will in fact be sold only with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, also used by Hyundai's upcoming Prius-like model.

The production-ready Niro is expected to show up in Geneva next March and go on sale in the second half of the year.

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