New Teasers Of Kia’s Special EV Concept Reveal Insane Interior

FEB 27 2019 BY MARK KANE 20

Kia put 21 individual ultra-high-resolution screens on the dashboard!

Kia presents two more images of its upcoming all-electric concept car, which reportedly brings an unorthodox approach to electrification. The four-door concept – still without name – will debut in Geneva.

According to the press release, the new EV is “intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille”. As with other manufacturers, Kia is playing with light, creating “a bold new illuminated ‘tiger mask’ that encircles the headlamp units to create a distinctive and recognizable lighting motif, one which instantly marks this out as a Kia for the 21st Century”.

The other features are:

  • a single sheet of glass is used for both the windscreen and roof (yeah, it’s hard to see it on the images right now)
  • team fully exploited the chassis architecture of the powertrain’s all-electric layout to maximise cabin space and create an airy and spacious interior
  • In a humorous riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens, the concept features 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. These curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that’s at the same time both casual and coordinated.

Press blast:

“Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer. We believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is powered by electricity,” says Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe. “That’s why our all-electric concept is designed to not only get your pulse racing, but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.”

This human-centric attitude is perfectly aligned with Kia’s attitude on automotive design, as Guillaume explains: “When they talk about their electric cars, many carmakers promote the same empirical data-driven messages as they do with their internal combustion engined cars, such as range, economy and performance criteria.”

“Kia prides itself on its power to surprise, which is why we wanted to move away from the rational and focus on the emotional, and embrace a warmer and more human approach to electrification. After all, electricity is found within every atom – it’s the energy that flows within us and around us on our planet. Harnessing its potential has propelled us from one innovation to the next,” says Guillaume.

A visual embodiment of its desire to move forward into the exciting world of electrification, this concept is the company’s first pure electric four-door passenger car. Intentionally designed to not sit within the industry’s predefined vehicle categories, it coherently draws together elements of a muscular sports utility vehicle, a sleek and athletic family saloon and a versatile and spacious crossover.

Intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille, the concept features a bold new illuminated ‘tiger mask’ that encircles the headlamp units to create a distinctive and recognizable lighting motif, one which instantly marks this out as a Kia for the 21st Century.

A single sheet of glass is used for both the windscreen and roof, flowing from the base of the A-pillar and over the cabin to create a vast sky-window, before tapering into a double-bubble over the rear passenger compartment. The rakishness of the car’s high shoulders and narrow glasshouse is further enhanced by an illustrated dynamic streak that draws the eye from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

Guillaume and his team fully exploited the chassis architecture of the powertrain’s all-electric layout to maximise cabin space and create an airy and spacious interior. In a humorous riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens, the concept features 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. These curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that’s at the same time both casual and coordinated.

“I believe that our unorthodox approach to electrification fired our collective imagination,” says Guillaume. “It enabled us to envisage a future where engaging and dynamic cars like this were an integral part of our transport requirements. And its message is clear,” says Guillaume “It’s time to free your imagination, to stop wondering and to start driving!”

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WTF was that

Certainly grabs your attention.

I literally muttered wtf when I saw that

I hope all those screens can be dimmed down and set to show only pertinent info for night driving in dark areas.

Outside looks cool, inside looks like the designer was on acid. I don’t pay too much attention to prototypes.

It’s a concept, not even a prototype. Nothing to worry about.

More interested in the “engineering” reveal rather than these “architectural” reveals. Tell us about range and dimensions and speed rather than emotions and adjectives!

21 screens, because 22 would be ridiculous.

I feel terrible now. My car only has 20 screens. UGH! So last year. I need more screens!

Seriously, that is a TERRIBLE design. What are they thinking over at Kia?

Hey, I have a collection of old retired cell phones to recycle – oh, let’s use them as a screen. What a great way to recycle. LOL

Probably got them cheap from Samsung. They have to put all those recalled Note 7s somewhere.

Geneva is going to be fun. Wish I was going.

“According to the press release, the new EV is “intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille”.”
Let me guess; it will have an LCD display.

Nice burn

> riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens

LOL we all know who we are talking about here. Hi Honda !

Insanely stupid.

These little screens look mighty dangerous. They might turn into 21 nice flying objects in a heavy crash.

“In a humorous riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens, the concept features 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. These curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that’s at the same time both casual and coordinated.”

Well I’m glad it was explained in the text, because I literally couldn’t figure out what I was looking at in the photo.

I presume this “humorous riposte” isn’t intended to appear in any actual production car. If it’s really just a joke, then I guess the joke is lost on me. Concept cars are supposed to be about imagining possibilities… not about poking fun at other cars. That should be left to clown cars, not concept cars.

why waste resources on design which will never make production?

They call it.. The body slicer!

Is that a new Kia logo too? I like it!

Yes – It looks good. Kia has the ugliest logo currently – it needs an update. This new one looks much better.