New Kia Habaniro Concept Looks Like One Spicy Crossover

The Kia Habaniro concept has been revealed in a newsletter for the New York Auto Show.

Looking rather striking, the Habaniro is a stylish crossover which looks like nothing else on the market. The front end is dominated by a large skid plate and dark silver cladding which extends down the sides of the vehicle in a Z-like pattern.

The unique styling features don’t end there as the concept eschews Kia’s familiar tiger nose grille. It has been replaced by the aforementioned cladding which has distinctive LED lights running through it.

While the front of the concept is a bit bulky, the rest of the model features a streamlined design. This is seen in the gently rounded hood and minimalistic greenhouse. The only thing that interrupts the latter is a bold C-pillar which is painted red.

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Other styling features include hidden door handles and massive alloy wheels that are wrapped in off-road rubber. The Habaniro also lacks traditional side mirrors and this suggests the concept could have video camera mirrors similar to the Audi e-tron.

The newsletter didn’t mention specifications, but it’s interesting to note the concept’s name is Habaniro instead of Habanero. This suggests Kia is linking the crossover to the Niro family which includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric variants.

Given this connection, it’s possible the Habaniro will use an eco-friendly powertrain. However, that remains unconfirmed and the picture doesn’t reveal any obvious charging ports.

The Habaniro concept will be unveiled a week from today, on April 17th, so stay tuned for full details.


  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    I’ll give Kia one thing. The name is CLEVER. lol.

  • Paul

    Good name even if they spelled it different.

  • Knarck

    It reminds me of Adidas, if they made an ultraboost car

  • Bash

    Will it be built in Mexico. u know the origin of the chilli. XD just saying.

    • Jay

      Yep this thing is gonna be hot! 🥵

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