Kia KV7 Concept Showcases Future Vision for The Van Segment

Posted on 10. Jan, 2011 by in Kia Canada


Concept Car with Gullwing Door, Tabletop Computer and Lounge-like Seating Debuts during 2011 North American International Auto Show

  • Kia’s Southern California pattern organisation builds on a Soul’s truth of “embracing a box”
  • KV7 delivers limit functionality and brings SUV-like qualities to a outpost shred

DETROIT, Jan 10, 2011 – Kia Motors’ design-led mutation has delivered eye-catching vehicles such as a Soul, Forte Koup, Sorento and Sportage that bear clever resemblances to a judgment cars that preceded them, and currently during a 2011 North American International Auto Show a brand’s U.S. pattern studio denounced a latest pattern matter a “KV7” concept. Conceived as a modern-day “activity van,” a KV7 judgment hurdles a idea that vans are particularly for family travel and reveals a prophesy for a car with a functionality to ride a vast array of people and their effects while also portion as a connected amicable heart for groups of friends and adventure-seekers.

The KV7 concept’s pattern stands in pointy contrariety to a dramatically raked windshields and wedge-shaped noses found via a outpost segment, and builds on a truth of “embracing a box” determined by Kia’s musty Soul civic newcomer car to emanate a singular and alluring pattern denunciation that brings SUV-like qualities to a segment.

“From a outset, we felt a difficulty was in need of an honest reassessment due to a fact that everybody seems so unfortunate to insert a word ‘sporty’ to their minivan, even nonetheless vans, during their really core are simply a box,” pronounced Tom Kearns, arch designer, Kia Motors America. “Rather than reject a box we chose to applaud it, usually like we did with a Soul, and a outcome is a candid nonetheless worldly car that retains a functionality vans are famous for and meets a changing and different needs of today’s consumers.”

Modern, Confident Exterior

Kia Motors’ design-led mutation has infused tension and passion into a brand’s lineup of new and recently introduced vehicles, and a impulse for a KV7 judgment was found in a morality of superb box shapes such as neat intelligent phones and classical pieces of luggage. The KV7’s far-reaching position is interconnected with an A-pillar and windshield pattern that is some-more straight than normal minivans and a well-spoken extraneous skin and 20-inch wheels secrete a complicated coming while raised a certainty and strength of an SUV.

The KV7 concept’s many distinguished underline is a passenger-side gullwing door, that creates a vast point-of-entry to a lounge-like interior when non-stop in and with a pillar-less front newcomer door.

The KV7 concept’s mouth-watering face is highlighted by an interpretation of Kia’s signature confidant tabbed grille with straight LED headlamps integrated within a pattern to emanate a clean, well-spoken look. The KV7 facilities several LED lighting elements that Kia’s pattern organisation is evaluating for destiny prolongation vehicles, including a continual line of LED haze lights that camber a whole front finish of a car and directional spin indicators on a outward mirrors and a back of a car that beat in a instruction being signaled.

The KV7 concept’s particular windshield follows a singular designs found on a new Sportage CUV and Optima midsize sedan, and a array of near-continuous windows starting during a A-pillar yield undeviating views of a day during a beach or a night out on a town. And notwithstanding a non-traditional look, a KV7’s length (191.85 in.), breadth (80.0 in.) and wheelbase (122.0 in.) are unchanging with a outpost shred and concede stretchable seating configurations and a throng of storage options.

Open, Relaxed Interior

In a routine of rethinking what a van’s extraneous coming and picture could be, Kia’s Southern California pattern organisation also envisioned an interior to accommodate a needs of an wholly new organisation of consumers a organisation of people referred to as “Ringleaders.” Rather than regulating a outpost to ride children and their accompaniments, Ringleaders are bustling organizing highway trips, amicable outings and new adventures for themselves and their friends to knowledge together. As such, a KV7 concept’s interior employs 4 custom-built swiveling seats, including a driver’s seat, and a rear-corner mini-lounge with seating for 3 and integrated storage compartments to encourage communication in an open amicable environment.

The elementary nonetheless worldly thesis is brought to life inside a KV7 judgment by a complicated tone palette featuring soothing beige and immature tones and a use of singular chair and aspect materials. The KV7 utilizes a accumulation of radical textures, including reclaimed teak timber flooring and tolerable nap and felt materials assistance to encourage a comfortable and mouth-watering atmosphere.

When a KV7 concept’s pull symbol start is engaged, a whole front lurch moves some-more than 6 inches toward a driver, bringing all controls within easy reach, including a vast multi-use arrangement that integrates infotainment, meridian and navigation systems in one simple-to-use interface tranquil by a trackball rodent mounted in a dash. Rear passengers have their own, apart interface in a form of a floating tabletop touch-screen mechanism display. The KV7 is Wi-Fi enabled, providing both a front and back displays with Internet capabilities and a ability for mixed passengers to bond their intelligent phones to a car during one time and pointer on to amicable networking sites.

Building on a initial use of LED lighting elements found on a exterior, a KV7’s concept’s interior also facilities mixed flush-to-the-floor accent enlightenment points and standout immature LED lighting via a front dash, instrument row and back arrangement area to enrich a vehicle’s tone palette.

The final component that separates a KV7 judgment from a rest of a minivan throng can be found underneath a hood a judgment is powered by Kia’s new Theta II 2.0-liter GDI turbocharged engine, that is able of delivering adult to 285 horsepower, and is corresponding to a six-speed involuntary delivery to broach V6-type energy and opening while achieving improved than 30 miles per gallon on a highway1.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 730 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.” In 2010, KMA accessible a best-ever U.S. sales and 16th uninterrupted year of increasing U.S. marketplace share. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, reserve facilities and new technologies.

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1 Miles per gallon statistic is an guess only.

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