Many also believe it will be a likely rival for the Nissan Juke, after Kia revealed at the Paris Motor Show in September that it was looking to take on Nissan’s popular crossover.
Kia has released teaser pictures of the concept which the manufacturer describes as ‘a provocative, racy new urban car’.
Kia also says that its signature tiger-nose front morphs into a ‘mischievous-yet-friendly’ grille and headlight arrangement.
That arrangement complements strong style lines which Kia hope will catch the eye and attract attention at the famous motor show.
Though not the finished version, the model that will appear in Geneva will be a keen indicator of how the final version will look when released.
Kia is also expected to release more information about the replacement to its Soul model in March, with industry rumours suggesting both cars will be released later this year.
The supposed Juke rival looks sleeker than the current Soul in appearance, and features large wheel arches complemented by a low front end to accentuate its sporty features.
It’s easy to see why manufacturers are looking to produce a rival to the Juke. The Nissan Juke has been a phenomenon for the company, selling 28,862 units over the course of 2012 – up an amazing 31.7 per cent.
Those figures helped make 2012 a record year for Nissan. Nissan is also releasing a Nismo version of the Juke, with first deliveries set for March.
The Nissan Juke is a small crossover that offers an incredibly unique style complemented by great value for money.
The Juke simply looks like nothing else on the road, and is a great alternative to a supermini. Three engines are available including a 1.5-litre diesel and 1.6 petrol engines, with or without a turbocharger.
The automatic 1.6-litre turbo model is also available with a four-wheel-drive system that’s able to boost the car’s grip on the road.
The Juke has also scored highly on a number of reliability surveys and tests, and is also able to boast an impressive five-star Euro NCAP score. It’s also practical – the boot features 251 litres of space which can be extended with the rear seats folded flat.
A new Nissan juke is currently available from £14,695.
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