KIA Concept and Future Vehicles
Kia drives world-class innovation in design and engineering with its line-up of exciting new concept vehicles.
Discover modern, bold car design and the latest features available in automotive technology in a range of unique models including high-class, stylish and sleek sedans, sporty hatchbacks, electric cars, hybrid plug-in's and crossover utility vehicles.
Styled by Kia's European design team, the GT signals the automaker's emphasis on models that are stylish and sleek.
The GT has an advanced powertrain and a 3.3-litre turbocharged engine producing 395 horsepower.
The swooping angle from windshield to rear window enhances the GT's aerodynamic presence. Beneath the extended bonnet, power is provided by a 3.3-litre turbocharged Lambda V6 Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine generating 395 horsepower and 393.5 pound-feet of torque.
Triangular swept-back headlamps with pronounced outlines flank the grille and transition seamlessly to the sloping hood and up to the wide windshield. The extended hood along with the rear-wheel-drive configuration also allowed for the design team to push the front wheels to the extreme front of the car to increase its sporty design.
The GT's front and rear-hinged back doors open slightly upward to ensure easy ingress and egress, and the spacious cabin provides comfortable seating for four.
Described as the ultimate performance edition of the very popular Soul, the Kia Track'ster Concept debuted at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
The Track'ster is a three-door hatch with a lowered profile. Under the hood sits a turbocharged 247 horsepower gasoline engine. The Track'ster is designed to be Soul's sleeker, more powerful sibling.
The bold attitude starts with the eye-catching Whiteout and Inferno Orange paint scheme. While the white portrays complex layers and shades that contribute to dramatic depth, the orange is perfectly suited for racing. Kia's signature grille features an air intake slit and is trimmed in lightweight carbon fibre.
A 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 engine pumps 250 horsepower to the pavement, a 66 per cent increase over that of the production Soul. Power is routed to all four wheels via an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system.
Behind the front seats is where Track'ster takes a significant step apart. The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tire well. Large paneled bins stow racing gear such as helmets, suits, gloves and tools while emergency supplies are housed within a separate and highly visible Inferno Orange container.
Soul fans will instantly recognize the Track'ster's angled roof, accented with Inferno Orange. Closer inspection reveals this concept, while Soul inspired, is missing the production car's rear doors. The front doors have been lengthened and adorned with smooth billet push-style handles which echo the racing-inspired billet fuel filler door.
The Naimo concept evokes a strong sense of tranquility.
Korean heritage is combined with innovative modern features in the Naimo electric concept.
The Naimo is accentuated by a number of striking key details, such as the wraparound windscreen and asymmetric sunroof design, and the front and rear dot-style LED head- and positioning-lamps. This juxtaposition of simple and complex is a common trait of many traditional Korean arts and crafts.
Naimo's interior was designed to evoke a strong sense of tranquility and features hand-crafted materials throughout. Korean oak is used to trim the interior door panels and the entire interior floor, Korean "Han-ji" paper is used for the head lining.
The concept car has no B-pillars and features rear-hinged rear doors to maximize easy access to the cabin, and a three-way split opening trunk, allows versatile access to the load bay for varying luggage sizes.
The all-electric POP offers a glimpse into the future of automobile design.
POP runs on compact lithium polymer gel batteries, has a flowing front seat, a unique transparent organic LED panel, and an illuminated grille.
Driving the POP concept are highly efficient compact lithium polymer gel batteries created in partnership with LG Chem, which are lightweight and require little space. The batteries offer the same power performance as a lithium ion battery but with a 20-per cent reduction in battery size and reduced manufacturing complexity.
With its oblong-shaped side windows and full-length glass roof, the POP concept is a smart blend of form and function and its eye-catching design distinguishes it from all electric car concepts that have come before it. Breaking from automotive tradition, a dashboard is absent from the cabin and in its place is a transparent organic LED panel.
Inside, the POP is more modern sculpture than small car, with a flowing front seat influenced by sleek modern furniture and a colour scheme that is atypical, sporting a purple hue for a calm and peaceful environment.
Pushing boundaries in eco-friendly technology, the Kia Ray is a four-seat compact sedan that champions efficiency as a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a lithium-polymer battery.
Touch-screen controls, drive-by-wire steering, cool-glazing solar glass and a lithium-polymer battery make this futuristic four-seat compact sedan efficiently functional and striking in appearance.
Designed with lightweight and recycled materials, as well as hexagonal roof-top solar cells embedded in the glass roof panel that power extra lighting or climate control systems.
The stylish, aerodynamic Ray combines design and engineering for maximum efficiency, incorporating clean, flush surfaces minimizing any unneeded edges, a flowing profile and pronounced rear shoulder ending in a slightly high deck lid for reduced drag, touch-screen controls, drive-by-wire steering, "cool-glazing" solar glass and a lithium-polymer battery.
Using the natural element of air as the design focus to convey feelings of pure, lightweight, breathable and refreshing, Ray's interior is comprised of eco-friendly recycled materials in cool white tones to offer the passengers a sense of purity while also reflecting the heat of the sun, keeping the temperature down and reducing the use of air conditioner energy.
At the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, automobile enthusiasts were treated to two firsts from Kia: the debut of the 2010 Soul and the unveiling of the one-of-a-kind Kia Soul'ster concept from Kia’s California Design Center.
Is Soul'ster a roadster? A compact pickup? A city-savvy crossover? The answer is Yes, Yes and Yes!
Based on the Soul platform, the Soul'ster features an open-air cockpit with contoured seating and a versatile, open cargo area at the rear. Roll bars extending from the B-pillar to the rear of the vehicle make a bold design statement and also function as a base to carry oversized cargo.
With its captivating looks and back-to-basics approach to fun and functionality, Soul'ster is a pivotal vehicle in the ongoing evolution of Kia’s new design ethos.
The Kia Kee concept vehicle drives new design possibilities as a bold sport coupe that is uncluttered, pure and a timeless execution of style.
When it debuted at the 2008 Frankfurt International Motor Show, enthusiasts were spellbound. The shape, proportion, stance and emotional connections of the Kee demonstrate a keen recognition what a sport coupe must be and illuminate new design possibilities for what it can be.
Powered by a next-generation 2.7-litre MUE-II V6 engine that sends 197 horsepower to the road via 20" alloy wheels, the Kee is a single-minded expression of driving excitement.
Look closely at the Kee and you’ll discover design cues – like the distinctive grille, the lines along the flanks and the instrument panel lighting – that are now appearing on Kia-production models including the Forte sedan and Forte Koup.