These teaser photos provide our first glimpse at the next Kia concept car, set to make its public debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Though Kia hasn’t revealed much information about the concept, the teaser pictures show what appears to be an aggressive hatchback.
Out front, a wide grille opening encompasses the headlights and is, according to Kia “mischievous, yet friendly.” It’s a larger, more aggressive variation on the so-called tiger-nose grille that appears on the face of every new Kia product. The lower front fascia appears to have enormous scalloped air intakes as well as a racing-style tow hook, while the hood has a prominent dome in the center.
Other views show that the Kia concept is a stubby hatchback that doesn’t appear to have a B-pillar behind the doors. Instead, the roofline terminates in a fat, steeply angled pillar that creates a bulging rear end. Wraparound taillights, a sloped rear windshield, and a creased liftgate define the concept car’s tail.
The “racy new urban concept” may preview Kia’s take on the Nissan Juke. Kia executives have previously hinted that they would like to build a small vehicle that, like the Juke, bridges the gap between a hatchback and a compact crossover. One clue to that goal: the aggressively sloped liftgate on this Kia concept echoes similar design cues on the Nissan Juke.
Kia will reveal more about this concept car on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show.