But mainstream brands are catching up with proposals such as the Toyota C-HR (sort-of) or the upcoming VW Atlas Cross Sport. The Renault Arkana is also a good example of a non-premium Coupe-style crossover, although the French car won’t be available in as many markets as say the BMW X4 or the Audi Q8.
You know what might though? Something like a “coupe-style” version of the recently-updated 2020 Kia Sportage. This, of course, is only a CGI, put together by Kolesa to show us what the Sportage might look like with a sloped roof and a new rear end design.
The ProCeed-like tailgate kind of works on the Sportage, giving it more of a hatchback-like appearance, rather than a straight up SUV. But in the end, this is still a body style that sort of defeats the purpose when it comes to utility vehicles, and some buyers might not like that.
In reality, what we should expect from Kia is a more progressive design for their next-generation Sportage, which is still a long way off. It should, however, boast electrified powertrains and improved onboard tech. Whether it will also come with a less conventionally-styled body type, remains to be seen.
Still, being that the market seems to be moving towards increasingly diversified offerings, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see more non-premium brands widening their portfolio of SUVs.