Kia has released a pair of teaser sketches of its all-new compact SUV, unofficially dubbed the Tusker, ahead of its Australian launch "late in 2019".
The front and rear views confirm the new model will draw heavily from the designs of the SP and SP Signature concepts before it, both of which previewed the production version.
We'll likely see a new design direction for the Kia brand, with new elements like the LED daytime-running lights that almost span the width of the front, along with split-tier headlights. Kia says the DRLs feature a 3D effect which is also replicated at the rear with the vehicle's LED tail-lights.
"With a modern and urbane design, inspired by the 2019 Kia SP Signature Concept, the SUV will stand apart from rivals by matching the unique preferences and needs of the millennial generation," Kia said in its press release.
The new SUV will be Kia's global entrant into the compact SUV class, filling a gaping hole in the brand's line-up in regions like the Asia-Pacific and North America, where it currently lacks a competitor to the likes of the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3.
In Europe, the pint-sized Stonic has been on sale for some time, and the crossover range in that region will soon be bolstered by the XCeed, which is a small SUV based on the Euro-market Ceed hatchback.
Above: Kia SP Signature concept
The company hasn't set a definitive reveal date for the new model, though it has confirmed its new SUV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2019, with "other regions to follow soon after".
Australia is set to get the new model "late in 2019", with previous coverage pointing to October/November.
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