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Kia Signature concept previews new small SUV again

Kia has previewed two new additions to its global line-up at the 2019 Seoul motor show with the Mohave Masterpiece and SP Signature. 

Although they are concept cars in name, the Masterpiece and Signature appear close to production, with the Signature an evolution of a concept of the same name from the 2018 Indian Auto Expo in New Delhi. 

Previewing an updated version of the Mohave, a large SUV only offered in South Korea, the Masterpiece concept car uses new front and rear styling to create a more modern look. The aesthetic is different to the brand’s global large SUV, the new Telluride. 

The brand says that the Masterpiece is “characterised by its sculpted bodywork and bold lines”, adding that “its rugged looks are matched by true ‘go-anywhere’ capability.” Kia’s signature ‘tiger noise’ grille has been updated for the Masterpiece, with new LED headlights also featuring proudly. 

However, like the previous Mohave, the new model is unlikely to be made in right-hand drive thanks to its platform. The lack of eligible right-hand drive markets means the cost to engineer it for RHD would be too much. 

More relevant to Australia is the SP Signature concept, which previews a new small SUV that’s slated to debut in June and confirmed for Australia in the second half of the year. 

Not much is known about the production version of the Signature, though it will likely based on the same platform as the Kia Soul.

A small SUV fills a large gap in the Kia Australia line-up as the brand’s increasing sales percentage will improve further if a Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3 competitor were available. 

The production version of the Kia Signature is expected to use the same 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that features in the Cerato small car, with pricing expected to start in the low $20,000 range.

More will be revealed about the production Kia Signature - possibly called the Kia Tusker - within the next few months when the car is fully revealed. 

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