The Kia Futuron concept has been revealed pointing to the brand’s future design language for its future electric vehicles.
With the name literally a portmanteau of ‘future’ and ‘on’, hinting at the switched-on, electric nature of future SUV designs from the brand, the new concept comprises a lightweight SUV coupe body with a fully-electric all-wheel drive powertrain.
Measuring in at 4850mm long, 1550mm high with a generous 3000mm wheelbase, the Futuron strikes a low and lean appearance.
The fully-electric powertrain assists with the proportions with the high-capacity battery mounted low in the vehicle body beneath the cabin floor sending power to all four in-wheel electric motors. Kia hasn’t provided any of the finer details such as battery size and driving range.
Special features of the concept vehicle include a diamond-shaped panoramic glasshouse which sits atop the 360-degree core, a network of LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors capable of providing Level 4 autonomous driving features, and Star Cloud lighting which creates a geometric patchwork of matrix LED lighting and Dragon Skin surface that covers the lighting area emulating the scaled armour that adorns the dragons of Chinese mythology.
Internally space is created throughout the cabin with many highlights such as the two front seats made from flexible materials able to offer an upright ‘driving’ position, or a reclined ‘rest’ position, similar to the flexibility afforded to first-class airline passengers.
The same Star Cloud lighting and scaled Dragon Skin motif found on the outside of the car is also used on the inside.
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