Shape-shifting Sportage

During the past few years Kia has been on a tear when it comes to the design of its cars and crossovers.

During the past few years Kia has been on a tear when it comes to the design of its cars and crossovers. They are clearly among the best in the industry and certainly underline the fact that even comparatively economical vehicles can have top-shelf design because it generally costs about as much to shape sheet metal in a pleasing way as it does to in a wincing way.

That said, the paint scheme on this Sportage strikes us as a bit beyond:

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Which, evidently, is the point. It is based on the physiology of Mystique of Marvel’s X-Men universe.

This vehicle, which will be debuted at the Australian Open tennis championship, is in support of the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie, opening in May.

The Sportage features tone-on-tone matte and gloss blue paint, red and yellow body trim highlights, custom-designed bodywork, and racing wheels and tires.

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Still, no matter how stylish the Sportage, Rebecca Romijn and Jennifer Lawrence make more-attractive Mystiques.