Kia used the Geneva Motor Show to introduce the stylish Imagine concept and now the company’s chief designer has revealed it previews an upcoming production model.
Speaking with Auto Express, Luc Donckerwolke said the Imagine foretells an “emotional flagship.” Little is known about it, but the model is rumored to be an electric crossover coupe.
Donckerwolke didn’t go into many specifics, but he suggested the production model could arrive in approximately three years. The former Lamborghini designer also hinted the model could closely echo the Imagine as he said “I don’t see anything that’s really not feasible” about the concept. However, he acknowledged there could be some “cost-related issues” with putting some of the concept’s more unique features into production.
While a lot of questions remain, the Imagine was a C-segment vehicle which Kia described as a mix between a “muscular sports utility vehicle, a sleek and athletic family saloon, and a versatile and spacious crossover.”
Since the concept used an electric powertrain, the Imagine had a unique front fascia which eschewed the traditional tiger nose grille. It was replaced by a so-called “tiger mask” which featured an illuminated outline of a grille that also encompassed slender LED headlights.
The unique styling continued further back as the Imagine had flowing bodywork, pronounced wheel arches and a muscular shoulder line. The concept also had 22-inch wheels, suicide rear doors and a glass windscreen which flowed into the roof.
The four-seat interior would likely need to be radically changed for production as it featured a floating center console and a unique dashboard with 21 small displays.
Kia didn’t release specifications for the concept, but said the model rode on an all-electric architecture and used a “compact drivetrain.” The latter was powered by an undisclosed battery pack which was capable of wireless charging.