The influx of B-segment crossovers is just as big as a spring flood and shows no signs of stopping – with Kia being the latest to confirm an entry starting 2017.
While the Renault Captur rules unhindered over the small crossover segment in Europe, it’s going to have a tough time from now on, as the competitors have already ramped up their plans for the segment – as it’s one with the highest growth rates all over the world. We noticed the latest entries – such as the Honda HR-V or the Mazda CX-3, and here comes another Asian producer. Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith has confirmed during a recent interview the company’s strategy includes a B-segment crossover that should reach dealerships sometimes next year. This means a release is close enough – maybe during the Paris Motor Show in October.
The manager added the design of the small crossover is going to snatch some of the design cues from the Provo concept – which appeared a while back, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. He also announced the model will directly attack the Mazda CX-3, so we’re expecting a dynamic design, with the production duties handled at home in South Korea. There aren’t many details to go about, but we can safely assume it will use most of the components from the next generation Rio supermini. Among the powertrains might be included Kia’s new turbocharged 1.0-liter, three-cylinder unit delivering either 100 or 120 hp.