Oh, you thought it ended with the Palisade?
Korean marque Kia have really pulled out all the stops for its home-market motor show in Seoul, with not one, but two concept cars vying for attention on the marque’s stand. The Hyundai SP Signature concept represents a further refinement of the SP Concept that was first presented some time ago in Delhi.
But the Kia Mohave Masterpiece Concept may be a bit of a surprise to non-Koreans as this isn’t Kia previewing another full-size Palisade-esque machine, but rather a new-generation of a model that’s been on sale exclusively in Korea since 2008. The brief with the Mohave Masterpiece is high-tech and high-quality, and it certainly feels it.
From the intelligent (and extensive) use of LEDs, the integration of the Kia ‘Ice Cube’ light elements into the main headlight units, as well as the illuminated ‘Mohave’ lettering on the tail, the Mohave Masterpiece showcases a beautiful design union of old and new, marrying old-school SUV proportions to very new-age design elements.
Now as for the SP Signature Concept, it’s closely related to the SP Concept that we first saw last October. It’s already been greenlit for production, and Kia Australia says we can expect to see a local arrival in September/October this year. Looking very closely at the design, you can see small changes to the lower grille, the light signatures front and rear, and you can also discern that the SP Signature nicked its alloys from the Kia Stinger GT…
While the minor details are too lengthy to describe individually, the SP Signature has managed to distant itself from the relatively spartan-looking SP Concept from India, and appears to be evolving nicely on its way into production. It’ll certainly have to be both stylish and capable upon arrival, as it’ll have its work cut out for it to tackle cars like the fan-favourite Mazda CX-3 and fellow-upstart Hyundai Kona.