Kia previews new small SUV designed for millennials

Kia has released the first sketches of a new small SUV created “for the millennial generation” which has been designed as a global model – although it won’t go on sale in European markets.

The as-yet-unnamed machine has been ‘inspired’ by the SP Signature Concept that was revealed earlier this year, and will be the smallest SUV that the firm offers.

While there are no plans to sell the car in the UK or other European markets, Kia insiders suggest that the SUV gives an insight into the firm’s future design language that will inform future versions of the Sorento, Sportage and Stonic SUVs, along with the forthcoming Ceed crossover.

Kia says the new machine will have a “modern and urbane design” with the space of a traditional SUV in a compact package, adding that it will match “the unique preferences and needs of the millennial generation.”

The SP Signature Concept featured LED lights integrated into the latest version of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille, and the sketches of the new SUV show that feature will be carried over. The lights will have a three-dimensional light graphic.

Kia has hinted the new model will also feature a long bonnet and sharp bodywork lines with a tapered rear end.

The new machine will go on sale in Korea later this year, with other regions following.