Kia is looking at some of the brand’s vehicles that are being launched in China and India to see if their platforms could be used for a European vehicle, Kia Europe Chief Operating Officer Emilio Herrera told Automotive News Europe. “We are considering launching a crossover smaller than our Stonic, although there is no firm plan,” he said. Such a vehicle “makes sense and I would love to have it,” Herrera added.
Hyundai sells the i10 minicar in Europe, while Kia sells the Picanto. Other automakers are looking at new models to meet expected demand for mini-SUVs from people living in metropolitan areas.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep brand plans to introduce a ‘baby’ Jeep below the Renegade small SUV by 2022, FCA said in June. It would be built in Italy and sold globally. Jeep describes the model as an “urban utility vehicle.”
In the U.S., Hyundai plans to launch a crossover code-named QX positioned below the Kona in the second half. lt will be called the Styx and could debut at Chicago Autoshow in a few days or at the New York Autoshow on April.
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