Kia has introduced the very appealing SPORTSPACE concept this week at the 85 th Geneva Motor Show.
Likely previewing a wagon version of the next generation Optima, Kia’s striking SPORTSPACE concept promises to offer "stylish and exciting transportation for four" thanks to an attractive design created by Peter Schreyer, the same man responsible for the iconic design of the first generation Audi TT. Hopefully the production version will stay true to the concept as much as possible, but expect the interior cabin to be substantially different.
The SPORTSPACE adopts a front-wheel drive layout with power coming from a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine outputting 250 HP (184 kW). Kia says the concept is 4855mm long, 1870mm wide, 1425mm tall and rides on 20-inch alloys inset with carbon fiber.
The generous 2840mm wheelbase grants a spacious interior cabin where there are 28 rolling balls in the trunk as part of an innovative loading system. Interestingly, these balls are automatically lowered by 3mm when the car is started as a safety measure to keep the stored items in place at all times.