Kia’s concept EV often gets more attention than usual because it incorporates so much thought into the final production model – the EV9 electric SUV is a good example of this. With this in mind, the company unveiled the Concept EV3 and Concept EV4 representing its "opposition united" Design philosophy, with an emphasis on interior vibes, geometric shapes and sustainable materials.
Small crossover concept EV3 looks more production-ready, and Kia says so "Provides technology, practicality and design of [our] The flagship SUV, the EV9." That may be true, but the EV3 also has a bold, futuristic design. Like the EV9 concept, it features distinctive geometric patterns including octagonal wheel wells that flare out significantly from the body, and those shapes are mirrored in the side skirts and taillights.
The windshield is pushed forward to open up the interior space, while the glass roof curves from front to rear and appears to float due to the separated C pillar. "The unexpected treatment of volume and graphics meld together with each other, creating a logical yet emotional design," The company has indulged in some top-tier concept car PR fluff.
The interior is more fanciful, with an almost button-free layout designed to emphasize the spacious interior and create a luxurious interior "Transformative cabin environment," Kia said. It features a top-mounted horizontal screen that serves as both the gauge cluster and infotainment system, along with an oval steering wheel and real mirrors. wide center console "table" Converts in four modes including "Focus, Social, Freshness and Storage." Meanwhile, fiber weave materials and bioplastics make the cabin sleek and modern.
The Concept EV4 is a clean-sheet design with an emphasis on sportiness that also makes use of some strong geometric shapes. To that end, it has a low nose and long tail silhouette with a wide stance "technical roof spoiler" – Two small extensions on either side of the roof. Again, we’re seeing bulging fenders, lots of thick lines and folds, a sloping glass roof and geometric lighting at the front and rear.
The interior is largely the same as the Concept EV3, but "The HVAC user interface includes a control panel that can be stored neatly in the center console when not in use," According to Kia. It incorporates hand-woven fabrics in the vehicle’s storage area and dashboard to create a 3D effect, and the interior features natural dyes and recycled cotton.
Kia didn’t get into the power, battery or other powertrain features of either car, and featured both as test cases to see what people thought. "That’s why we reached out to Los Angeles and America’s most discerning EV consumers to get feedback on two potential opportunities within the Kia lineup," said Steven Center, COO of Kia America. It looks like Kia has reworked these designs once again, so don’t be surprised to see these in some form as actual production vehicles.
This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/kias-latest-ev-concepts-go-big-on-geometrics-and-cabin-vibes-190529735.html?src=rss.
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