Kia Juke rival revealed

23 Jan, 2013 12:32pm Jack Rix

Kia has released the first teaser pictures of its new small SUV concept for the Geneva Motor Show

Kia has revealed four teaser images of a new small crossover concept, which previews a rival to the Nissan Juke. There’s no name as yet for the concept, but Kia has confirmed that it will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Described in the press release as “a provocative and racy new urban concept car,” Kia’s new baby won’t just have the Juke to deal with should it make production, but a whole host of B-segment crossovers arriving in showrooms soon. These include the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and a new Honda Jazz-based crossover shown at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this month.

And a production version seems extremely likely, using market trends and Kia’s current line-up as a guide. In the B-segment, Kia already sells the Rio and Venga, but while supermini MPV sales are slowing, compact crossovers sales are going through the roof, hence this new direction.

According to Kia, the concept features “the company's signature tiger-nose morphing into a mischievous, yet friendly, grille and headlight arrangement, coupled with strong styling lines that exude speed and energy from every angle.”

Despite the strange lighting, most of the design can be seen clearly, including the narrow grille blending into the headlights at the front, a pair of sporty bonnet vents and full width taillights at the rear, too. Although the concept has a three-door layout, expect the production model to come with five.

We’ll have more details and pictures when Kia throws the covers off the car at the Geneva show on 5 March 2013.