Kia offered a fresh, funky take on the minivan with its cube-shaped KV7 concept.
The 192-inch long, gullwing concept, a product of Kia's U.S. design studio, is dubbed a “modern-day activity van” by the company.
“It's not just a vehicle to transport a lot of stuff and the people who go with,” said Tom Kearns, Kia's chief U.S. designer. “It has a modern image and technology to keep everyone connected.”
Kia emphasized during its press conference that many of its design concepts have served as the basis for production vehicle designs. The KV7's dimensions suggest it is an imagining of a Sedona minivan replacement.
Inside, the KV7 has four swiveling seats, including the driver's seat.
To make the instrument panel easier to reach, the entire dash moves forward six inches toward the driver when the car is started.
The KV7 has several storage compartments and a flat-panel touchscreen computer is installed in a rear table.
Kearns said the KV7 is designed for a group Kia has identified as “ringleaders.”
“You know, the ones that always round up their friends for a road trip or get the whole crew together for a football tailgate or even a day at the beach,” he said.
Under the hood, the concept has a Theta II 2.0 liter GDI turbocharged engine producing up to 285 horsepower. The company says the vehicle could get better than 30 mpg on the highway.