Kia has plans to launch a compact SUV within the next two years, one of nine new models it plans to launch by the end of 2018.
“There’s space to grow with SUVs, into lower segments,” said Martins at the European reveal of the new Optima SW and Niro hybrid. “This model makes sense for us, and we will bring it in the future, two years maximum.”
The B-segment SUV is likely to be based on the underpinnings of the next-generation Rio, which is set to arrive next year.
Both form part of Kia’s renewed model offensive, which will see the nine models launched by the end of the 2018, including replacements for existing models and body derivatives. This process started with the new Sportage and Optima, and will continue with the Optima SW and Niro unveiled today.