Latest images of Kia concept hint at the design for the Korean firm’s next Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo challenger
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It becomes clear why the initial pictures only teased the front of the car: Kia was hiding the rear of the sleek and low slung estate body. Kia’s Chief European designer, Gregory Guillaume, says that the Sportspace is “a totally new breed of grand tourer” – with the intention to be as practical as possible without compromising style. Created for long distance driving, the concept is claimed to offer “maximum comfort and minimal stress.”
Although the Sportspace won’t reach showrooms in this exact form, much of the exterior styling is highly likely to be a preview for the newt Optima. Kia’s Ford Mondeo rival is due to be released next year.
Kia Sportspace design details
The distinctive “tiger nose” grille – now a signature of Kia models – continues seamlessly across the top of the headlights, giving a greater impression of width when viewed head-on. Beneath it sits a large air dam flanked by thin LED lighting strips.
Along the sides, huge alloy wheels fit the proportions of the car very well, while the gently sloping roof line tails off in a style reminiscent of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Around the back, large twin exhausts sit within an aggressively styled rear bumper.
Although much of the exterior design hints at the design of a new Optima, the interior of the Sportspace is much more concept car than production reality. A deeply dished, flat-bottomed steering wheel sits ahead of a clean, uncluttered dash, while drivers and passengers alike will feel cocooned by the high transmission tunnel running through the centre of the cabin. Kia believes that the Sportspace combines “a high level of interior comfort and substantial practical load space.”
When can I buy one?
Officially you can’t – sadly it’s only a concept. The Sportspace will be shown off to the press and public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show from 3 March 2015. If Kia can make the production version look like this, then they might well be on to a winner…