Like many other automakers, Kia is working on a new model to compete in the small but growing subcompact crossover segment. A new prototype for the upcoming B-segment CUV model has been spotted with minimal camouflage on the front, giving a few hints at what the production model will look like.
Caught testing in the Southwestern U.S., the Kia prototype doesn’t appear to be based on the Chinese-market KX3 or the Hyundai ix25 crossover, but may be based on the Kia Soul hatchback. The new crossover will compete with the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Juke.
Styling for the new model appears to be influenced by the Kia Niro concept from the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. Where the two-door concept featured a raised coupe-like body and “butterfly” doors, the production car will feature four doors and a more traditional roof line. The prototype does take some styling cues from the concept car including the small headlights placed high on the fenders and the automaker’s signature “Tiger nose” grille. Other details in common with the Niro include the wedge-like shape and similar body lines.
The new B-segment Kia prototype was spotted testing with a prototype for the next Kia Sportage, which is expected to be redesigned by next year. You can see a clear difference in size between the two. Check out the spy shots below.
Photo source: KGP Photography