Stories by Joseph Undu
Kia Motors Europe unveiled the all-new Kia SPORTSPACE concept, a pair of upgraded production models and its latest powertrain technologies today at the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva.
The Kia SPORTSPACE concept made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, alongside the new Kia cee’d GT Line for Europe and the enhanced Kia Picanto, Kia’s A-segment bestseller. The cee’d GT Line also marks the first application of Kia’s all-new downsized powertrain technology – an all-new 1.0-liter T-GDI (turbo gasoline direct injection) engine and the brand’s newly-developed seven-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission).
World premiere for striking new Kia SPORTSPACE concept
Created for long distance driving, the new Kia SPORTSPACE concept has been designed for fast and efficient travel, with maximum comfort and minimal stress.
Designed at Kia’s European design center in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer Europe, the SPORTSPACE features a striking, sporty wagon silhouette. The car is born out of a commitment to provide stylish and exciting transportation for four, without sacrificing the performance, sustainability and economy for which Kia is known.
The spacious and functional cabin is designed to be as light and airy as possible, with a full-length panoramic sunroof providing natural light throughout the interior. The cabin itself combines functionality with modern styling. Luxurious leather is with combined with contemporary technical materials – such as carbon fibre and milled, anodized aluminum – while the driver benefits from a configurable digital display.
Occupants sit on hand-woven single-piece gloss black leather seats, with generous space for all passengers, while the cargo area features steel rollers to more easily load the boot – these then retract into the boot floor when the engine starts, holding everything in place during the drive.
Recognisably a Kia due to its signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, finely judged proportions and simple, clean surfaces, the Kia SPORTSPACE has a bold, dynamic shape with real road presence. At the same time, it offers a high level of interior comfort and substantial practical load space.
Sporty new Kia cee’d ‘GT Line’ for Europe
The new Europe-only Kia cee’d ‘GT Line’ specification combines the sporty nature of the high-performance cee’d GT and pro-cee’d GT with the everyday versatility of the conventional cee’d range. The GT Line specification is available on all three cee’d body types sold in Europe – five-door cee’d, three-door pro_cee’d and cee’d Sportswagon.
The GT Line evolves the design language of the cee’d GT, inside and out, with ice-cube LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers surrounding Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Wider GT rear bumpers and twin exhausts, eye-catching side sills, LED lights and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design complete the car’s sporty looks. The GT-inspired cabin features a higher quality, sportier ambience, with its own unique black, white and grey upholstery, GT Line logos throughout the cabin, and the same piano black and leather steering wheel and aluminum alloy pedals fitted to Kia’s high-performance GT models.
The cee’d GT Line is available with a choice of two engines. The brand’s all-new 1.0-liter ‘T-GDI’ engine, producing 120 ps and 172 Nm torque; and an upgraded version of the cee’d’s existing 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine, with power increased from 128 to 133 ps and torque from 265 to 285 Nm. Both engines have been engineered to deliver lower CO2 emissions than existing engines in the current cee’d range, pending final homologation closer to the GT Line’s launch.
The gasoline engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission, while diesel buyers can choose from a six-speed manual or Kia’s all-new seven-speed DCT, which offers faster gear changes, lower fuel consumption and a smooth drive.
The Kia cee’d GT Line will go on sale across Europe in Q4 2015.
Stories by Joseph Undu