A lot of car companies are trying their best to hop on the electric vehicle (EV) bandwagon. This includes announcing plans to build their own EVs, supporting EVs, and much more. In the case of popular car manufacturer Kia, they’ve gone about this in a rather unique way.

At the Geneva auto show, Kia revealed their newest concept- and it concerns EVs.

It’s called Imagine by Kia, and it’s concept is in the form of a high-riding, four-door EV. Imagine by Kia was announced by their European Vice-President, Gregory Guillaume. Guillaume explained that this concept is intended to show people that EVs are both fun to drive, and cool to look at. They want both consumers and critics to think more positively about EVs as a whole.

When you look into Imagine by Kia, it’s hard to say what exactly it is.

It’s similar to a crossover, but is also packaged similarly to a sports sedan. It also has raked rear glass like a fastback coupe would. Reminding some car enthusiasts of the Kia Stinger; expect this new offer has a tall body and futuristic-like details.

What makes the EV look cool and interesting is the brand new tiger-nose grille, or tiger mask. Its outline will become a single yet large LED strip, with the headlights also being comprised of thin LED strips. They’re encase in clear acrylic, and the turn signals are also comprised of acrylic. Finally, Kia’s logo has received an upgrade. Gone is their signature oval logo in favour of the brand name written in a futuristic-like font. Whether this new logo will be on all Kia vehicles is hard to say, but the hope is that this is the case.

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The Imagine by Kia features a surfacing solution that has a ripple-like effect on the metal of both the lower front bumper, and the door skins’ bottom halves. The remaining body includes taut creases which silver paint that has a slight bronze tint to it. The windshield and roof of the EV are a single pane of glass, with the trim piece separating it from the side windows. Other cool features include a reduction in drag, some side-view cameras, a smooth underbody, to name a few.

While the EV’s exterior is clearly cool, its interior is also spectacular to look at. The minimalist design of the dashboard allows the 21 screens that adorns it to shine. These screens are designed to show important functions such as climate control and navigation. The four seats inside are covered in both leather and silk, making them about as luxurious as they come. They also include diamond-cut shells and door cards covered in leather and a metallic-like fabric. Its center console reaches towards the rear seats, and it even looks as though it’s floating there, and at the front. There’s even hints of autonomous driving capabilities; a steering wheel that can fold away, and pedals that become scarce when the car’s shut off..

 

 

The details concerning the Imagine by Kia’s appearance are certainly impressive. But any details about its platform and powertrain are far and few between. That being said, it is supposed to be the car manufacturer’s first ever purely electric passenger vehicle, making it different from their other EV offerings. Many car experts suspect that it will have a rear-drive platform due in large part to its proportions. It may very well include a big rear luggage area with a rear glass enclosure; a frunk underneath the hood; and an interior flat floor, too.

All in all, the Imagine by Kia concept is definitely something that consumers and critics will be able to get behind. A new, sexy EV from a car manufacturer that’s more affordable than Tesla and Audi will surely win many over. 

Hopefully, as more details are made available, Kia’s newest concept can soon become a reality.

Source: Car and Driver

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