Kia South Korea has released a couple of teaser images of the Niro hybrid crossover set to be launched in the first half of 2016.

Kia South Korea has released a couple of teaser images of the Niro hybrid crossover set to be launched in the first half of 2016.

Previewed by a namesake concept back in 2013, the Niro is just about ready to show its production face as Kia has released a couple of teaser images along with preliminary technical specifications concerning their hybrid crossover. As we suspected, it will have the same hardware arrangement as Hyundai’s Prius fighter, so it will team up a four-cylinder 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine to a 35 kW electric motor, a six-speed dual clutch gearbox, and a 1.56 kWh battery pack.

The conventional engine will have a thermal efficiency of 40% and is going to deliver 105 PS (77 kW) and 147 Nm (108 lb-ft). Kia says the Niro will be a hybrid, but most likely the model will also receive a plug-in hybrid version later on during its life cycle as part of the company’s objective to increase average fuel economy across the range by 25% until the end of the decade.

Unlike the concept which had a three-door configuration, the production version will adopt a more practical five-door layout and will also have a larger footprint. Like with pretty much all teasers nowadays, these design sketches don’t tell the whole truth, but from what we can see so far it’s going to look pretty sleek by adopting a relatively low roofline and a prominent roof spoiler.

The headlights send out a Jaguar F-Type vibe while the rear end has aluminum underbody protection and sizable taillights that extend onto the tailgate. Kia says all of the body panels have been aerodynamically optimized to boost efficiency and they also added plastic body cladding around the wheel arches along with side mouldings to make the Niro look somewhat rugged.

Set to be a global model, the Kia Niro is programmed to go on sale in the first half of next year.

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