Kia prepping Mazda CX-3 rival

Kia prepping Mazda CX-3 rival

Kia is readying a new compact crossover that will take on the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, a new report finds.

In an interview with Motoring, Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith confirmed that the South Korean brand will soon launch a small utility vehicle. Kia will introduce the crossover at either this year’s Los Angeles auto show or the Detroit auto show early next year.

According to Meredith, the small Kia crossover will take most of its design cues from the Provo concept car (pictured) that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The production version of the Provo will presumably come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive should be an available option.

Meredith didn’t comment on the CUV’s drivetrain. However, the Provo show car used a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder good for 201horsepower. The concept also used an electric motor at the rear axle, giving the car a hybrid all-wheel drive setup.

Given its proposed debut schedule, we could see the small Kia crossover in dealer showrooms by mid-2017.

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