The 2018 Kia Subcompact prototype was very recently spied while taking some road tests. From the photos that the spies were able took. This model is essentially a hatchback that incorporates a slight’ ride height as well as plastic body cladding. What it really brings to the mind at first view in terms of other Kia vehicles, is the Kia Provo concept and the Kia Soul. However, its front end looks a lot like that of the Kia Sportage crossover. Most speculators are unanimous that this South Korean automaker wants to use this model to appeal to the numerous small crossover enthusiasts from all over the globe. This means they wish to follow up on the tremendous success of the Kia Soul.
2018 Kia Subcompact – Immaculate Design
From the few photos, that were taken of the prototype. It is clear that Kia decided to integrate a totally different exterior design for this model. For instance, the crafting of its headlights included a second set that are positioned directly above the first. This will definitely significantly assist in the provision of optimal night sight to drivers. It will also greatly do away with a number of nighttime accidents. While at the same time, permitting maximum vision during fog and other natural phenomena of the elements. Kia also utilized LED lighting technology as is evident by its body been rounded off with boxy regions along its middle part.
It is still difficult to comprehensively determine just how the 2018 Kia Subcompact will look like in its cabin. When the spy photos were shot, the prototype was almost completely camouflaged, and nothing can be learned of just how it looks inside. As such, we will have to patiently wait until further details of this crossover’s interior design are released or leaked.
2018 Kia Subcompact – Whole Power Unit
At the moment, very little is known about the exact powertrains of this upcoming Kia crossover. Still, most speculators have suggested that it could borrow the engine of the Kia Soul. This happens to be a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine that can produce optimal power of 164 hp. On the other hand, there are those who think, besides this particular engine for the base trim. There will be another option for the higher tier trim. This will be a much more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, which can produce as much as 200 hp and 195 lbs-ft of torque.
As expected, nothing conclusive is yet known on this Kia model’s fuel economy. Or even its top speed and top acceleration speeds. So, we will have to wait until Kia decides to release more details on this issue, probably in the early part of next year or when they will be leaked.
The 2018 Kia Subcompact, at a glance, will certainly offer stiff competition to a number of other vehicles from well-known brands that fit in its given category. This includes the Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, Toyota HR-V, Fiat 500X and the Chevrolet Trax as well.
2018 Kia Subcompact – Price and Launch Date
Generally speaking, you should not expect to see this Kia crossover in showrooms any time earlier than the latter part of 2017. Most pundits in the automotive industry agree that the base trim will be had for a cost of $20,000.