Kia has revealed the “Futuron” concept car at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, with the all-wheel drive SUV coupe previewing the Korean brand’s future EV designs.
Measuring 4,850 mm long and 1,550 mm tall, the two-door Futuron’s sleek and radically minimalist exterior styling is said to have been influenced by “UFO and flying saucer design”.
Key details include a new interpretation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille as well as a diamond-shaped panoramic glasshouse.
The former, a signature for Kia’s car designs for over a decade, has been widened to encompass the headlamps and is now therefore dubbed ‘tiger face’.
The headlamps also incorporate a new ‘Star Cloud’ lighting design, which is claimed to have been inspired by nebulae in the night sky. It features in the Futuron’s rear light signature too.
On the inside, the ‘360-degree’ cabin reflects the EV’s autonomous driving nature, featuring flowing, uninterrupted surfaces, some of which are also embedded with the same Star Cloud lighting found on the outside of the car.
In autonomous mode, the two front seats recline as the steering wheel retracts into a dashboard that flows out of the driver-side door in a seamless arc.
Mounted beneath the cabin floor is the Futuron’s battery, which provides electrical energy to four in-wheel electric motors.
Kia has so far not disclosed any performance figures for the powertrain.