Kia's answer to the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 coming next year.
Speaking with Motoring, Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith announced plans for a B-segment crossover slated to go on sale in 2017. He went on to specify the design is going to be influenced by the Provo concept (pictured here) which was shown back in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show. While the crossover’s name is not known at this point, Kia did reveal it will position the model as a direct adversary for the Mazda CX-3 and will build it at home in South Korea.
Meredith admits the new crossover will likely cannibalize sales of the Rio supermini which is due to receive a new generation either by the end of this year or early 2017. That’s not really a big surprise taking into account the aforementioned CX-3 is grabbing sales from the Mazda2 as more and more people prefer city crossovers to the detriment of superminis.
Technical details about Kia’s new B-segment high-riding model are not available at this point, but it will likely share many of the bits and pieces with the next Rio. One of the engines which will probably be offered is Kia’s new turbocharged 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit available in 100 horsepower and 120 hp configurations. It remains to be seen whether there is going to be an all-wheel drive version, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it will be front-wheel drive-only.
Besides a new crossover and the next-gen Rio, Kia is also gearing up to introduce an all-new Picanto and a production version of the rear-wheel-drive GT sedan concept which could be called Stinger.