Dramatic supermini-SUV set to replace Venga MPV and take cues from striking Niro conceptKia has finally given the green light to a supermini-based SUV, and it’s scheduled to go on sale by 2018. The new car is being lined up to take on the best-selling Nissan Juke and Renault Captur with funky, bold styling, and in Europe it will effectively replace the Venga compact MPV.
Kia showed off its vision for a small supermini-based SUV to sit below the Sportage at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Niro concept was said to be merely a design study, but bosses have finally given the Juke rival the go-ahead, admitting it’s a market they “have to be in”. Kia’s Ford Fiesta competitor, the Rio, will be replaced by an all-new version in two years, and the platform for that car is set to form the basis of the SUV.
Our source revealed that the design of the newcomer has yet to be signed off, but due to the Niro being “so well received” at Frankfurt two years ago, Kia seems keen to stick with the Niro’s recipe.
That means the SUV will have curvaceous bodywork, plus Kia’s trademark tiger nose, quad LED daytime running lights similar to those on the Kia Pro_cee’d GT and muscular wheelarches.
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