This year marks the eighty-fifth edition of the Geneva Motor Show, and Kia marked the occasion with a brand new concept vehicle, the SPORTSPACE.
Bedecked in Ignition Red paint, the SPORTSPACE looks like it’s ready to blast off at any moment. One look at the exterior styling and you can appreciate the power this car delivers and the sharp, precise handling it promises. Kia says this car has a “sporty wagon body shape,” and that the powertrain is a diesel-electric T-Hybrid system. The hybrid system allows for “easy and enthusiastic” driving, propelling the car forward instantly while softening its environmental impact.
For our part, we can tell that Kia has done a lot to differentiate this car from run-of-the-mill station wagons. This car was designed in Germany, and many cars revealed at the Geneva show are typically angled more toward European sensibilities, but we look at this and could easily see it on our streets, too. The SPORTSPACE concept has a lot more attitude than typical wagons, and the rear end is given more dynamic flair that emphasizes speed. The strong D-pillars and the sequentially lit tail lights add to this character.
Inside, Kia says they focused on lightness, using mostly carbon fiber, leather, and aluminum as furnishing. Both display screens are digital, and there’s a panoramic sunroof to allow the maximum amount of natural light into the cabin. The car’s chief designer, Gregory Guillaume, said that the interior had to convey “quality and adaptability” to its occupants.
As concept cars go, this one is in the range of those that look like they’re just a few steps away from being production vehicles. The strength of design language here represents a clear evolution of current Kia styling, and there’s speculation that when we look at the SPORTSPACE, we might be looking at the next Optima. Either way, this is a car we would love to see on our lot in the future.