My, how time flies when you’re working the auto show circuit. With the L.A. and Detroit events now past tense, we’re getting our reservations ready for Chicago, which stages its press preview next week. But the folks at Kia are looking even further ahead and have just tipped us off to the launch of the 2011 Kia Sportage, planned for the Geneva Motor Show, in March.
Like its bigger Korean sibling, Hyundai, Kia is trying to shift styling directions. Gone are the boxy derivative shapes of the past, it promises, touting the look of the 2011 Sportage as “embodying Kia’s newfound visual dynamism.”
That translates into a more wagon-like crossover, with a sweeping roof line, bold grille and over-sized fog lamp surrounds, among other details. The 2011 Kia Sportage is longer, lower and wider than the previous model, with more interior passenger and cargo space, as well.