Kia Motors Europe will exhibit a stylish new concept car at the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on 3 March 2015.
[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]This new D-segment model is the 11th concept car created by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany. With confident, powerful lines which sweep elegantly from Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille towards the rear of the vehicle, Kia’s new concept car embodies modern design and refined, understated energy.
The concept has been created as a spacious and versatile accessory to an active lifestyle, as a purposeful, energetic design study for the style-conscious, and as a sanctuary from the stresses of the modern world.
That front grill/headlight design looks nice. I hope the new Optima looks like it. Lower bumper looks similar to spy shots as well.
Here’s a closeup of the front design. Very very impressive.
A comparison with Optima spy shot. There’s a panel between the tiger nose grill and bonnet in the spy photo that the concept doesn’t have (where KIA logo is). That makes the concept looking much sharper and less bulky. And of course, the fancy LED headlights aren’t going to be available in the actual car. But overall, very similar.
One of the very few cars in the D segment with an orignal greenhouse. Unlike Altima, Avalon, Passat, Fusion, Buick Verno, Chrysler 200 which all didn’t get those type of greenhouses until after the 2011 Sonata came out. Now all of a sudden the haters rather accuse the Genesis of copying yet ignoring it’s taking after the Sonata’s greenhouse.
That’s why the greenhouse isn’t unveailed becaused it’s different. Also the 2011 Optima is why Nissan’s 2016 Maxima’s C pillars look like today. But that will not come up. The haters rather pretend like that didn’t happen. So watch the haters bring up the 2017 Kia GT’s C pillars ripped off the 2016 Maxima as if the Kia GT Concept never existed.
Not sure if I agree about the C-pillar similarity between GT concept and the new Maxima. Nissan has gone for the new “floating roof” design that’s old (Range Rover), but recently has become popular again (Hyundai i20, Mazda CX3 and Citroen Cactus are three good examples). GT concept is an evolution of Optima with continuous chrome accent all the way from the A-pillar to the back.
Maxima is a good looking car. But it’s a bit too much in my opinion. GT, as sporty and sharp as it looks, is still very elegant.
I’m very surprised about this concept, hopefully the production model of the next-gen will be closer to this, because before that, I was pretty disappointed about the final design of the Optima
I agree. This concept looks a lot mean and sportier. Although I must say, I’m pretty sure this is a hybrid/electric. That Tiger Nose grill has no mesh. It’s probably a demonstrator for their new sedan design route and the hybrid system they are developing for future.
Honestly, imo it doesn’t look good.
The front is so beautiful that i want to bite in. At the same time it is a little bit aggressive, which is also very nice. Yesterday a german internet magazine wrote that a caravan version is planned for europe. The realization of it would be great. And in addition with an optimized 1.7 crdi and a 2.0 R diesel engine it would sell like hell in europe. KIA comes like a tsunami.
It’s the Sportswagon. I saw it today, and it looks really stunning…
What an amazing car, thanks for the post!