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Report: Kia may launch Rio-based crossover soon

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Marcus De Guzman / Kia | January 27, 2017 14:51

Kia planning to expand crossover lineup with Rio-based utility vehicle

Crossovers are fast becoming the staple choice for car buyers and it looks like Kia plans to capitalize on that by further expand their crossover lineup.

In a report posted by Reuters, the Korean automaker will apparently build an all-new crossover based off the B-segment Rio. The company added that it will be a crossover utility vehicle (CUV) but did not further elaborate as to what it will be or in what particular crossover segment will it compete.

Report: Kia may launch Rio-based crossover soon

To date, the company currently sells the midsize Sorento, compact Sportage, subcompact Soul and the all-new Niro hybrid SUV (finished in blue). If Kia will base off their new crossover from the Rio, then it's highly likely that the automaker will use the the new-generation model (finished in red) that they unveiled last September 2016.

The new Rio now conforms to the brand's current design theme as it blends smooth shapes and curve lines. The front fascia has been heavily revised while the rear end now resembles the Sorento's design.

In terms of power, a 1.25- (84 PS) and a 1.4-liter (100 PS) naturally aspirated gasoline engines are available, as well as a turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-three. For those that prefer diesel, there is a 1.4-liter CRDi that is available in two output ratings; 70 PS and 90 PS.