Kia Motors is gearing up for a run at the subcompact crossover market, one of the fastest-growing product segments in the U.S., with a hybrid variant.
Spy photographers recently caught a fleet of the vehicles during some hot-weather testing.
The new crossover’s major competitors will be the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke and Fiat 500X. Kia’s sister brand, Hyundai, also is preparing to launch a subcompact crossover in the U.S.
The Kia hybrid crossover was recently photographed while testing with two 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid prototypes, along with a Sonata Hybrid, a Honda Accord PHEV, and a Ford C-Max Hybrid.
The Kia crossover is expected to feature the company's second-generation hybrid powertrain.