Is it You Second Generation Kia Niro?

by Jul 15, 2020All News, Eco Cars, Kia, Spy Shots3 comments


Hyundai Motor Group eco car offensive plans to launch up to 23 new vehicles until 2025. With the launch of the first E-GMP based vehicles set for earlier next year with the Hyundai 45 (codenamed as NE) and Kia EV SUV (codenamed as CV), today we were surprised about this spy pictures of a mysterious SUV vehicle we have never seen before. According to our sources we could be in front of the second generation Niro (codenamed as SG2).

A pair of camouflage vehicles, believed to be the successor of the Niro eco-friendly crossover (codename SG2) was captured inside of a parking lot in South Korea. The original Niro (codenamed as DE) was released at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and available first as a Hybrid vehicle, later on arrived the Plug-in Hybrid and also a fully electric variant called e-Niro.

The 1st generation Niro was based on the Kia Niro concept car launched at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and it took 3 years to arrive into a production model. Niro sales in Europe reached 57.337 units in 2019 while in the United States accumulates 24,467 units in the same full year.

At a first glance, could be difficult to know which vehicle is it, but if you take a closer look to the spy pictures and compare it to the Habaniro concept car pictures, released at the 2019 New York Auto Show, you will find some resemblances all around the camouflaged vehicle.

The mysterious car looks pretty similar to Habaniro concept car

For example, the headlight design separated up and down looks very similar to the Habaniro concept car. At first sight, the front design looks pretty similar to latest generation of the Kia Soul. Looking at the side design, the side window lines follows the same lines as the concept car, like with the C-pillar.

The key to known this is Niro succesor is in the back. The tailights design that we are allowed to see in the camouflaged vehicle had the same design as the Habaniro.

If you look at the pair of pictures above and below, you will see it despite they tried to hide the rear design and ceiling drop, you can clearly see the same taillight design moved into the production car.

So following the first gen Niro timelapse between the concept car release and production version announcement, the second generation Kia Niro should arrive by end of 2021 or earlier 2022 depending on the markets.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.


  1. 择偶网


  2. jtz

    Wow . Kia is getting ready!!

  3. jtz

    Kia is busy with future cars. But why is it Kia and Hundai designs look better than Genesis? Genesis is not ugly but they just look like ordinary cars. I do like the new Genesis signature headlights but that manufacturer needs some groundbreaking greenhouses like Kia has.

    Example the 2021 Kia Optima has standout C pillars. The Genesis G70 doesn’t.

    The 2020 and 2021 Kia Telluride, Hyundai Paliside and Sorento and Sante Fe standout. The GV80 doesn’t just an ordinary traditional shape for a Genesis CUV.

    It doesnt make sense why Genesis shapes dont stand out but Hyundai and Kia designs do.



  1. 2nd Generation Kia Niro to be Habaniro-Inspired - Korean Car Blog - […] next-generation Kia Niro appeared again, this time caught in the road, where we can see more clear the resemblance…
  2. Second Gen Kia Niro to Debut Next Year - Korean Car Blog - […] next-generation Kia Niro appeared again, this time caught in the road, where we can see more clear the resemblance…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest