Well, that didn’t take too long. Just hours after we posted a couple of speculative renderings of Kia’s forthcoming small SUV, the South Korean brand has now released design sketches of the real thing. Originally previewed in 2018 by the SP concept before evolving to the closer-to-production Signature concept earlier this year, Kia’s city-oriented SUV is inching closer to its world premiere.
The new sketches are far from being groundbreaking since the updated concept already looked just about ready to hit the assembly line. The slender headlights that we’ve been seeing so much of in recent production models will meet the edges of the corporate “tiger nose” grille to give the yet-to-be-named SUV an interesting and youthful look.
The vertical three-point LED bars in the front bumper probably serve as the fog lights as the daytime running lights appear to be integrated into the upper section of the main headlights and are almost as wide as the entire front end. The small SUV seems to be riding on large alloy wheels judging by the chunky tires, but you know how it is with design sketches – they’re usually exaggerated to make the vehicle look better than the real deal.
Moving at the back of the SUV, it’s almost a spitting image of the Signature’s derrière, and we’re particularly fond of the large taillights interconnected through a wide chrome bar that goes over the Kia badge. Those dual exhaust tips are probably there only for décor – a trend that can’t die soon enough. There’s a silver underguard to make the vehicle look more rugged, but it’s safe to assume owners will rarely leave the tarmac.
Small but with a big character, the funky SUV might go by the name of “Tusker” if we were to rely on the rumor mill. The debut is scheduled for later this year and Kia says it will be the company’s very first small global SUV. South Korea will be the first market to get the vehicle in the second half of 2019, with other regions to follow shortly. The model is expected to arrive in the U.S., but we’ll just have to wait and see about that.
Kia reveals first image of new small SUV
- Kia’s first global small SUV will be revealed in the summer
- Offers the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV in a compact package
- Created for the millennial generation with a sophisticated modern design
- New small SUV on-sale in Korea later in 2019, with global markets to follow