It’s no secret that most of us at Autos.ca are fanboys of wagons. The sportier the better. Give us a sportscar, four doors and a hatch-equipped cargo space that’ll haul just about anything the average person needs on a month-to-month basis and you have our attention. It’s also no secret that across the pond, there are a handful of forbidden fruit cars we can only dream about having over here.
Soon-to-enter this segment: the Kia Sportspace. Kia Motors Europe has just announced they will unveil the brand-new wagon concept at the Geneva Auto Show on March 3rd. Designed in Kia’s Frankfurt Studio by Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s Chief Designer Europe. He explains, “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.”
Judging by the few pictures released on the European Kia site, we’re a huge fan of what we can see so far. The exterior sports Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille, sharp, clean lines, massive wheels, dual exhaust tips, aggressive aero and sizable brakes. The interior looks extremely bright, sharp, ultra-modern and will seat four. We can see a pretty advanced looking all-digital gauge cluster, a small sport steering wheel, sport seats and what we hope is actual brushed aluminum permeating the cabin (rather than painted plastic). It would be pretty safe to surmise the Sportspace will be equipped with all the techno-wizardry this current generation of car buyers has come to expect on a car like this.
No word on drivetrain details right now beyond Kia’s release which states, “The car is born out of a commitment to provide stylish and exciting transportation for four which is also spacious and functional, without sacrificing the performance, sustainability and economy that Kia is known for.” With the words performance and economy in the same sentence, it’d be pretty safe to assume it’ll be turbocharged or at least have the option of turbocharging, or perhaps another application of the hybrid tech in the Hyundai Sonata, previewing Kia’s application of the same in an upcoming Optima.
We’re excited to see the unveil in Geneva and we’re not holding our breath for this to land on this continent in this format, we can certainly keep our fingers crossed and dream. At the very least, look forward to some of these styling cues to surface on the next-generation Kia Optima, which is due for a refresh on the heels of the Hyundai Sonata redesign. Check out the gallery and let us know what you think.