Kia currently has a whopping crossover lineup in their stable. There's the Rio X-Line, Soul, Stonic, Sportage, Niro, the yet-to-be-named (but confirmed and upcoming) Ceed-based crossover, Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride. But as it turns out, those nine aren't enough for the Korean automaker, and they're adding yet another one. They even sketched it out to show us what it will look like.
The name? Well, it doesn't have one yet but they do say that it is heavily inspired by the SP Concept shown in South Korea and India a couple of months ago.
One look at the drawing shows that they have, indeed, remained faithful to the concept's look, particularly in the front end. Like the concept, it has uniquely shaped headlights and a honeycomb pattern grill. Even the shape of the front apron has been retained.
The same goes for the rear with its wide 'hips' and wraparound tail lights. Also retained are the creases and folds on the bumper. As far as we can tell, only the LED light signature is different, if only slightly.
As we mentioned before, dial down some of the exaggerated styling details of the such as the slim side mirrors and the big wheels, and you'll get a general idea of what the production model could look like. Size-wise, it is said that it will slot below the Stonic, making this yet to be named crossover the smallest model in their range. With that in mind, this subcompact crossover could well be the mechanical twin of the recently revealed Hyundai Venue.
Kia says that this model will be for the global market. But as to how 'global' it is, that is yet to be determined. Right now, Kia has a slew of subcompact crossovers, seemingly overlapping with each other. So it's either Kia offers the car to a big chunk of the world market and let a few models overlap, or not offer the production version of the SP Concept in select countries at all.
But then again, it seems that the world just can't get enough of crossovers, regardless of the size. It remains to be seen if Kia's multiple small crossover strategy will pay off in the future.