2011 Kia KV7 Concept North American International Auto Show

Kia has announced it will unveil one of its latest and most interesting concept cars at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, commencing January 10, 2011. The new car features
various futuristic elements including swivel rear seats and ‘gullwing’ doors. It appears to adopt a similar design platform as the Kia Soul in dimensions and layout as well, only on this everything is more dramatic. Full details of the car are yet to be released, but one thing’s for sure, the Kia KV7 Concept will make a big impact at the show next month. Look out for further details and images on the KV7 in the near future.

Rather than being a predominantly functional vehicle to transport children and everyday paraphernalia the KV7's interior has been envisioned to meet the needs of an entirely new group of consumers. This group are busy organizing road trips, social outings and new adventures for themselves and their friends to experience together.

As such, the Kia KV7 Concept's interior employs four custom-built swivelling seats, including the driver's seat, and a rear-corner mini-lounge with seating for three and integrated storage compartments to promote interaction in an open social environment.

The simple yet sophisticated theme is brought to life inside the Kia KV7 Concept through its modern colour palette featuring soft beige and green tones and the use of unique seat and surface materials. The KV7 utilizes a variety of unconventional textures, including reclaimed teak wood flooring and sustainable wool and felt materials help to foster a warm and inviting atmosphere.

When the Kia KV7 Concept's push button start is engaged, the entire front dash moves more than six inches toward the driver, bringing all controls within easy reach, including the large multi-use display which integrates infotainment, climate and navigation systems in one simple-to-use interface controlled by a trackball mouse mounted in the dash.

Rear passengers have their own, separate interface in the form of a floating tabletop touch-screen computer display. The KV7 is Wi-Fi enabled, providing both the front and rear displays with internet capabilities and the ability for multiple passengers to connect their smart phones to the vehicle at one time and sign on to social networking sites.

Building on the experimental use of LED lighting elements found on the exterior, the Kia KV7 Concept's interior also features multiple flush-to-the-floor accent illumination points and standout green LED lighting throughout the front dash, instrument panel and rear display area to compliment the vehicle's colour palette.

The final element that separates the Kia KV7 Concept from the rest of the MPV crowd can be found under the hood - the concept is powered by Kia's new Theta II 2.0-litre GDI turbocharged engine, as found in the new U.S. spec Optima saloon. Capable of delivering up to 285 hp and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission it delivers V6-type power and performance while enhancing fuel efficiency.

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