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Kia says will have sub-compact SUV challenger in 2017

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 16 November 2015

KIA has indicated its challenger in the sub-compact SUV market is set to hit international markets in 2017.

The South Korean car-maker is without an entrant in the burgeoning crossover segment.

Some reports have suggested that a future Kia crossover will be offered as a hybrid, using Kia’s second-generation petrol-electric system, and that it is likely to share its underpinnings with Hyundai’s forthcoming dedicated model that will compete against the Toyota Prius.

Kia’s crossover is yet to be seen, but Australian website GoAuto understands it will carry styling cues first previewed by the Niro concept (main pic) from the 2013 Frankfurt motor show.

In terms of positioning, it will sit under the Sportage – which is due to be replaced with an all-new model in January – and will compete against big hitters including the Honda HR-V, Mazda’s CX-3, the Subaru XV, Mitsubishi ASX, Holden Trax and Nissan Qashqai.

Kia Motors Australia (KMAu) general manager of media and communications Kevin Hepworth said a crossover could provide “incremental growth” and help the company achieve its target of 50,000 annual sales by 2020.

“The sub-compact SUV will add to it,” he said.

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