Kia Futuron SUV Concept previews electric Kias of the future

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on November 5, 2019

The Futuron Concept from Kia is touted as a sports car sitting on an SUV platform. The All-Wheel-Drive electric concept, though ages away from production, hints at a potential design inspiration for future electrified models from Kia.

At the ongoing 2019 China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, Kia Motors has revealed a new concept vehicle, called the Futuron. The Korean carmaker claims the Futuron represents its vision of 'a progressive electric SUV.' With a rather sleek two-door body, giant wheels, & high ground clearance, the design hints at a combination of finesse and off-road capability.

Kia Futuron EV Concept Front Quarter

Touted as a sports car with proportions of an SUV, the Futuron features an all-wheel fully-electric drivetrain. While Kia hasn't revealed in-depth equipment details, it has given us an idea of the concept's dimensions – 4,850mm long, a 3,000mm wheelbase, and just 1,550mm tall. At the front, the signature 'Tiger Nose' grille has been reimagined, as it is wider & incorporates the Futuron's headlights. The lighting follows Kia's 'Star Cloud' design that projects a distinct night-sky inspired light signature with the help of Matrix LED units. The '360-degree' design theme not only applies to the Futuron's exterior but also to the lighting. As the lighting forms a sharp character line encircling the Futuron's body, the light responds to physical gestures & movements made outside the car.

Kia Futuron EV Concept Rear Quarter

A diamond-shaped panoramic glasshouse forms the roof of the Futuron Concept and also extends till the bonnet to form a UFO-inspired canopy. The glasshouse also houses LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors capable of providing Level 4 autonomous driving features.

Kia Futuron EV Concept Side View

As per Kia, the interior of the Futuron is just as appealing as the exterior, courtesy of a sea of uninterrupted flowing surfaces & reclining front seats that provide lounge-like comfort (when the autonomous driving mode retracts the steering.) The driver is greeted by a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that flows from the door and merges with the centre console. The GUI is AI-controlled.

Kia Futuron EV Concept Interior

While the Futuron is far from any kind of production, expect some of its design elements to eventually pass on to future electric models from Kia.   

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