Kia is teasing a new electric car concept they’ll unveil at the Geneva Motor Show.
Hyundai Motor Group is very interested in the electric car revolution. They want to be on the ground floor as more and more people adopt electrified powertrains even as they continue to produce legendary gas guzzlers like the Kia Stinger and Genesis G70.
In keeping with that theme, Kia is bringing their best and boldest to this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In this case, an electric car concept designed by their German engineers at Kia’s European design center in Frankfurt.
Gregory Guillaume, Kia Europe’s Vice President of Design, had this to say about the new car:
“We imagined designing an all-electric car that not only answered consumer concerns around range, performance, recharging networks, and driving dynamism, but one that also gave you goosebumps when you looked at it and made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you drove it. 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.”
Cool. Would be nice if we had a name to go along with that fancy prose, but we’ll just keep calling it the Kia electric concept for now.
Anywhoodle, what we see is an interesting design for an electric car. The whole LED light show has been done to death for concept vehicles, but the headlights at least do a nice job of capturing the essence of Kia’s “Tiger Nose” grille without actually having one.
Of note is the complete lack of side mirrors. Instead, we have two little sticky-outie bits that are almost certainly rear-facing cameras. That would make this car illegal to drive in the US where side mirrors are a must, but legal in certain alternate locales that have an evolved sense of what technology can do to allow someone to see backward.
Aggressive fenders and a chin spoiler of some kind make this seem like it could be a sports car of sorts (or at least sporty), and there’s definitely something going on with the hood. There appear to be two points on either side that look almost like clamps. Could they be vents? Handholds? Or maybe something even more advanced?
We’ll find out on March 5th when Kia takes the cover off. In the meantime, Kia has already unveiled the Niro EV at last year’s CES with a 201 hp electric motor and a 240-mile range. That’s a pretty good start, but we’re hoping this concept offers a little more.