Kia has released two sketches of its new small SUV ahead of an Australian launch in late 2019.
The design is said to be inspired by the SP Signature Concept which looked close to production ready when it was revealed in March.
The sketches show a fresh front end with LED headlamps extending over the radiator grille. The lamps feature a 3D light graphic that is echoed in the rear LED tail-lights.
Other exterior details include a long hood, a character line on the front bumper, a glasshouse which tapers towards the rear of the car, as well as rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect.
“We have created a car which stands out everywhere, from the city to the countryside. Its robust yet sporty design will be matched by a wide range of features and technologies that are universally suited to younger buyers in markets around the world. Our new small SUV is a proposition that no other car in its class will match,” said Byung Chul Juh, Kia’s styling boss.
The new small SUV will slot in under the Sportage giving Kia a direct competitor to the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR and Mitsubishi ASX.
Kia has confirmed the car will go on sale in Korea in the second half of 2019, with Australia to follow shortly after.