At the Geneva show in March, we’re set to see a concept that previews the next-gen Kia Optima – the Korean carmaker has released the sole teaser image you see here. We wouldn’t be surprised if the real thing turns out pretty much like that.

In considerable contrast to the sober Hyundai Sonata LF, the pictured vehicle sports a very slim Tiger Nose grille framed by sharp headlamps that look like they’re LED units. The front bumper is angular and edgy, incorporating what looks like a hexagonal lower intake and silver bars.

Aggression shines through in the depression along the side of the body, long bonnet, rakish windscreen, high shoulder line and huge shuriken-style alloys (please, let those wheels make production!). Those tiny wing mirrors and concealed door handles won’t, of course – and what kind of side gills are those?

Be that as it may, it certainly looks a treat, and we simply can’t wait to see the rest of it.