Saturday 29 April 2017

Say hello to KIA's Niro HUV and bye to VW's Beetle Dune

Kia Niro
Kia Niro
Beetle Dune
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

KIA has revealed details of its plans to have a brand-new low-emissions hybrid SUV on sale by the end of next year.

It is going to call it the Niro but is already describing it as a HUV - or Hybrid Utility Vehicle. Kia says it represents the development of its first 'dedicated eco-car' platform.

While still putting it through its development phases, the company claims the Niro will have the practicality and versatility of a compact SUV, but will be easier on fuel. It will be built as a dedicated hybrid vehicle.

And it has been described as a blend of the attributes and looks of the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar and Volkswagen Tiguan with the economy of the Toyota Prius - it is targeting emission levels below 90g/km.

Expect to see it in Europe late next year, realistically early 2017.

* Meanwhile, Volkswagen has unveiled its production-ready Beetle Dune for the Los Angeles Show. However, it is not coming to Ireland. Prices in Europe will start at €23,625 for the Coupe and €27,800 for the Cabriolet.

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