Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Kia previews new 300 mile range electric concept vehicle

Kia previews new 300 mile range electric concept vehicle

The Kia Habaniro concept previews the next-gen Niro EV which is expected to arrive in 2021. As such, they have taken upon themselves state that it is "essentially an all-electric Everything Car or ECEV". Also, if we've learned anything from Tesla, wacky doors on a auto regular people buy are not a good idea.

The HabaNiro has a three-tone color scheme, including dark grey on the lower front end, silver on the mid-body and a firey rear end that the company calls "lava red".

Talking about the butterfly wing doors, Kahl added: "It's probably not possible for the Niro but it's a great way to showcase the interior and technology for this show vehicle". Measuring 4,430 mm long with a 2,830 mm wheelbase, 1,600 mm tall and 1,955 mm wide, the HabaNiro concept is capable of Level Five autonomous driving, says Kia.

Speaking about the unveiling of the Kia Habaniro, Tom Kearns, vice president of design for Kia Design Center America (KDCA) said, "We wanted this concept to be comfortable navigating city streets, carving turns on a coastal road and off-roading with confidence to remote wilderness adventures". A head-up display stretches across the entire windshield, eliminating the need for screens or an instrument panel.

Its autonomous driving capabilities are complemented by Kia's Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (READ) system that was introduced earlier at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Instead of a rearview mirror, a 180-degree rear view display pops up whenever you glance in the area where a mirror usually is.

The outside of the HabaNiro naturally includes "lava red" panels on its sides and a "shark's snout" grille up front with what Kia calls a slit-like gap with glossy black aluminum "teeth". The vehicle has smooth uninterrupted cures around the top, sides, rear and bonnet.

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Truth be told, I am a fan of wild cars like this.

While the HabaNiro is a one-off concept auto, Kia suggests its futuristic thinking could one day inspire such a versatile crossover machine, adding "we don't advise betting the farm on it" not being produced. In the past 18 months, Kia has launched two vehicles, the Stinger and the Telluride, from concepts that fully captured the public's imagination. For now, Kia gives its concept crossover a quartet of butterfly doors and capitalizes on the decentralized electric powertrain by pushing the 20-in wheels out to the edges, shrinking the overhangs down into near nonexistence. "The future is an exciting place and Kia is ready to lead the automotive industry into this spicy world of possibility".

HabaNiro is a design subject which is a vision for the future of electrified vehicles from Kia.

So, what do you guys think?

A shape like this might see production soon.


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