Striking Kia Sportspace concept points to new estate model

Kia Sportspace

Kia has released the first images of its new Sportspace concept car, which is due to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next month.

Previewing the styling of the next generation Optima family car, the Sportspace was designed by Kia's European chief designer, Gregory Guillaume, at the brand's Frankfurt design studio.

The striking estate exhibits a shooting brake design, with a swept-back roof and elongated rear bodywork giving a sleek, sporty appearance.

At the front, Kia's trademark 'tiger nose' grille dominates, and provides a clean visual break between the bumper and bonnet, which, combined with the slim headlight units, makes for an aggressive face.

Kia SportSpace Concept

Kia SportSpace Concept

Despite its curvaceous design, Kia claims the Sportspace offers a "spacious and functional" interior, aimed at those who don't want to sacrifice style just because they've got to do the school run. While the Sportspace only seats four inside, expect any future production Optima model to offer rear seating for up to three adults.

Guillaume said: "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."

Full details of the Kia Sportspace concept will be announced at the car's unveiling at Geneva. However, Kia has already confirmed the next generation Optima will use a revised version of the brand's 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine, while a plug-in hybrid version is also expected.