The Kia Sportspace concept would form the basis for the next-generation Kia Optima. The sports wagon concept indicates that a wagon version is would also be launched, keeping in mind the European and North American markets. The Sportspace concept was conceived and developed at the company’s European Design Centre in Frankfurt.
The sportspace wagon concept is powered by a 250 PS (247 hp) 2.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine and is front-wheel driven. It is 4,855 mm long, 1,870 mm wide and 1,425 mm tall. The car’s wheelbase is 2,840 mm long.
On the exterior, the Sportspace concept features ‘ice cube’ LED headlights, the signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, bulging hood, an aluminium strip that runs across the front bonnet above the headlights and the grille, vented front and rear fenders, 20-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, an aluminium strip that runs from the A-pillar to the top of the D-pillar, sleek sideview mirrors with integrated turn indicators, automatically retractable door handles, trapezoidal chrome tailpipes, carbon-fibre rear diffuser with a cemtrally integrated vertical fog lamp and a tailgate spoiler.
The concept carries its sporty character inside the cabin as well. There’s a flat-bottom sportscar-type steering wheel with paddle shifters ahead of a virtual instrument cluster, similar to Audi Virtual Cockpit. Other notable interior features include sport pedals, a large infotainment screen which can be operated via a controller behind the gear shift, barrel-shaped auto transmission stick, tunnel-mounted switches and silver brushed aluminium-look fabric covering on the instrument panel and centre console. The rearview mirror is replaced by a slim screen that displays live feed from the reversing camera.
The Kia Sportspace concept will be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Kia Sportspace concept