Kia Sportspace concept reveals next generation Optima

February 17, 2015

New Kia Sportspace concept car set to be unveiled at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

This is a new Kia Sportspace concept, which shows how the next Kia Optima Estate will look when it arrives later this year. The four-seat concept was designed at Kia’s Frankfurt design studio and has styling cues and interior features that could hint at the Korean car firm’s future design direction.

Kia SPORTSPACE concept sideview

The Kia Sportspace features the brand’s trademark tiger nose grille, clean lines, raked back roofline and adopts the shooting brake rear end that looks similar to the current Mercedes CLA and CLS models. Kia describes a ‘latin’ flavour to the rear, with the D-pillar pushed forwards compared with other shooting brakes.

Kia SPORTSPACE concept rear viewKia says the Sportspace has been designed for “fast and efficient travel with maximum comfort and minimal stress”

It looks like a stylish and practical family estate, the Sportspace has room for four only, but offers a spacious and functional interior. It’s aimed at those who want to move without compromising on style. It shows a very bold and dynamic shape with real road presence.

Kia SPORTSPACE concept interior lookThe interior is described as “a pure design study with an essence for future projects”. Immediately apparent inside are the one-piece leather seats, raised centre console, trim finished in gloss leather, rearview mirror camera and silver woven fabric with a brushed aluminium look. It features a large rectangular touch-screen infotainment system which dominates the dashboard with media, email, navigation, calendar and social media apps. The rear armrest has slots for passengers to plug-in their devices.

In terms of engines, Kia has hinted at a 1.7 litre diesel-electric hybrid power train which was showcased at last year’s Paris Motor Show.

Kia will reveal more information at the Geneva Motor show with pricing, release dates and specification details.