KIA has found inspiration of the X-Men variety to create its second generation X-Car, paying homage to Mystique with a one-off special edition of the Sportage SUV, set to be unveiled at the 2016 Australian Open.
Part of its ongoing collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox and the X-Men movie franchise, the X-Car has been created to promote the new X-Men: Apocalypse film and Kia’s sponsorship of the Australian Open 2016 tennis championship.
The car’s design mimics the appearance and powers of the famous shape-shifter Mystique transformed from its standard state into custom-designed bodywork with special textured ‘tone-on-tone’ matte and gloss blue paint finish, racing wheels and tires along with red and yellow bodywork highlights.
Ahead of the X-Men: Apocalypse’s global release in May 2016, the brand will take the covers off the new car in Melbourne, Australia before the start of the the Australian Open 2016 in January and will display the show car to the public at Melbourne Park throughout the tournament (January 18-31) before making appearances at various international motor shows and fan events in the run up to the film’s premiere.
The Sportage-based Kia X-Car is the company’s second show car project in collaboration with Fox, following the Wolverine-inspired Sorento that was shown at the Australian Open 2015 earlier this year.