Kia unveils SportSpace concept

Kia Motors Europe unveiled its new Kia SportSpace estate concept which previews the next generation Optima model.

Kia also showed a pair of upgraded production models and its latest powertrain technologies in Geneva.

The GT Line is the latest model in the Kia cee'd family, inheriting styling cues from its GT big brother.

The cee'd GT Line also marked the first application of Kia's all-new downsized powertrain technology - an all-new 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbo petrol direct injection ) engine and the brand's newly-developed sevenspeed DCT (dual clutch transmission ).

The enhanced mid-cycle upgraded Kia Picanto, Kia's A-segment best-seller, was also unveiled.

New Kia SportSpace

Created for long distance driving, the new Kia SportSpace concept has been designed for fast and efficient travel, with maximum comfort and minimal stress. The concept should carry over largely unchanged to the production version due late this year.

Designed at Kia's Frankfurt design studio, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, chief designer Europe, the SportSpace features a striking, sporty wagon silhouette. The car is born out of a commitment to provide stylish and exciting transportation for four, without sacrificing the performance, sustainability and economy for which Kia is known.

The spacious and functional cabin is designed to be as light and airy as possible, with a full-length panoramic sunroof providing natural light throughout the interior. The cabin itself combines functionality with modern styling. Luxurious leather is combined with contemporary technical materials - such as carbon fibre and milled, anodised aluminium - while the driver benefits from a configurable digital display.

Occupants sit on handwoven single-piece gloss black leather seats, with generous space for all passengers, while the cargo area features steel rollers to more easily load the boot - these then retract into the boot floor when the engine starts, holding everything in place during the drive.

Recognisably a Kia due to its signature ‘tiger nose' grille, finely judged proportions and simple, clean surfaces, the Kia SportSpace has a bold, dynamic shape with real road presence. At the same time, it offers a high level of interior comfort and substantial practical load space.


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