The Kia CUB concept has made its public appearance at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. No plans for a production model.
The Kia CUB concept has made its public appearance at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, following an announcement made earlier this week.
Although it looks like a hatchback, Kia says we are dealing with a "compact four-door coupe". It was designed at the firm's studio in Seoul under the guidance of Peter Schreyer who is Kia's President and Chief Design Officer.
The concept is less than four meters long and forgoes the B-pillar for an easier access inside the cabin enhanced by the suicide doors with automatic touch-type handles. According to Kia, CUB draws its inspiration from the 2007 Kee concept. It comes with two-point LED lights and rides on beefy 19-inch alloys, while at the back there are LED taillights.
Inside it has four individual seats with black leather upholstery and yellow color accents for the seats, steering wheel and door armrests. The center-stack design adopts a minimalist look and comes with a touch sensor-controlled air vent. Kia says the steering wheel can monitor the driver's biorhythms.
The CUB concept has been fitted with a Driving Information System (DIS) controller linked to a gesture camera providing easier operation while driving. The driver can set up each menu on the center display with well-defined motions.
Powering the CUB concept is the 1.6-liter GDI engine available on the cee'd GT and pro_cee'd GT, delivering 204 HP (150 kW) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque.
For the moment there aren't any plans to put this into production.