Is the MPV in a renaissance?
Due to the popularity surge enjoyed by SUVs, the humble MPV has fallen out of favour somewhat. Relegated to the sidelines, they’ve come to represent a more conservative mindset, one that doesn’t quite take to the adventurous lifestyle that SUVs promise to give you.
That said, manufacturers are beginning to predict a resurgence in MPVs. Kia’s new Carnival looks handsome enough to reconsider a three-row SUV, and this Geely concept MPV certainly indicates that the future of the MPV will be a very, very good-looking one. Teased just yesterday, this new concept may preview a production car, which will be the first-ever MPV for the Chinese marque.
The nose of the MPV has an almost Cadillac look to it, and sees the use of a full-width chrome strip that touches the outer edge of both headlights. The downward-V it creates is mirrored by elements in the lower grille, which give the MPV a very distinctive, imposing face.
Down the sides, the pronounced haunches seen in yesterday’s teaser come good here, implying that this might pack the sort of performance that would make passengers queasy. A strong character line stretches from the front door all the way to the taillights, which helps to break up the visual bulk of the profile as well as emphasise the size of this people-mover. All pillars sans the A-pillars have been blacked out, giving the concept a proper floating-roof effect. The roof itself is made entirely from glass, and the rear quarters see a slight kink in the windowline.
The rear of the car employes a pair of slim taillights with complex graphics, linked together by a chrome bar. It’s a very minimalist, sleek look, which we like very much. Through the suicide doors, the cabin hosts three rows of bucket seats, complemented by a simplistic dashboard housing a large central display.
No technical details were shared with the images, and Geely hasn’t been particularly forthcoming about whether or not this concept previews an actual production car. We hope it does, because big families should be allowed to travel in style too.