Kia Sportspace concept for Geneva show

Kia will unveil it Sportspace concept at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Designed at Kia’s studio in Frankfurt, it gives a good indication of what the upcoming Optima estate will look like when it arrives later this year.

The Kia Sportspace looks suitably sporty, with a low stance, big wheels and deep bumpers and side skirts. The front end features another variation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille and ‘ice cube’ LED headlights. Kia says there is a ‘latin’ flavour to the rear end, while the shooting brake profile is vaguely reminiscent of the Maserati Quattroporte estate built by Touring.

The four-seater interior is divided by a large, raised centre console. A retangular display dominates the dashboard – the driver gets a separate digital display – which channels apps for media, navigation, e-mail, social media, etc etc.

Power comes from a 1.7-litre diesel hybrid powertrain mated to an automated manual gearbox.

Gregory Guillaume, chief designer for Europe, said: “We set out to design a car that is a totally new breed of grand tourer – one for active people who need reasonable cargo space on the weekend, but don’t want to compromise moving around in style, comfort and with an element of sportiness.”

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