KIA is pushing to double sales, regional arms are on record that they want a rival to the CX3 and the HR-V.
The only KIA SUV of suitable size is the China only KX3. However, Hyundai is currently working on two diminutive SUV's, one for emerging markets dubbed Creta and another ostensibly for Europe and North America believed to be named Niro. KIA would subsequently have access to the new vehicle for their own uses.
"If you haven't got a mini/small SUV in play around that CX-3 mark [it is hard to compete with the big players]... I'd love one of those," admitted Damien Meredith, KIA Australia's chief operating officer.
Hyundai-KIA have made massive strides over the last 5 years, no longer a brand that sells on price point alone, but one respected for its quality as well.