Kia teases Prado-fighting Masterpiece and compact Kia Signature compact SUV concepts
Kia has used the Seoul Motor Show as an opportunity to show of two important concepts: the Kia Masterpiece and Kia Signature. While the two cars are strictly concepts at the moment, they both appear pretty much production ready and, the point to two new SUV segments for Kia and a new design language for the Korean brand.
The ambitiously named Kia Masterpiece is a big, rugged full-sized SUV that’ll compete with the Toyota Prado in the real world Kia says the Masterpiece has proper off-road ability and the interior is said to be high-tech and there and LED headlamps.
If the Masterpiece – or whatever the production version will be called – does go into production, we’re guessing it’ll have at least seven seats, and it could be fitted with Kia’s 3.5 litre V6. At present, the only diesel offered is the 2.2 litre unit offered in the Sorento and Carnival. This could be fitted to the new SUV, however, we’re guessing this could be a little small. Kia could potentially be in the process of developing a new diesel powerplant.
If genuine Masterpiece does have genuine off-road ability, it’ll probably have a low range gearbox of sorts along with a multi-mode four-wheel drive system.
The Kia Signature is inspired by the the Kia SP Concept which debuted India’s Auto Expo 2018 in Delhi, the Kia Signature hints at what a possible Kia compact SUV would look like if it went into production in the future.
As you’d expect in a compact SUV, the Kia Signature – or the production version that will eventuate – will be crammed with technology and style, to aspects that are demanded by customers in this segment.
Stay tuned for more info.