Kia readies new concept

The rear features at least one exhaust pipe, suggesting this won't be a plug-in electric vehicle.

Kia concept

Kia is set to further cement itself as a young-at-heart automaker when it unveils a sporty-looking new concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The automaker has released four drawings of the as-yet-unnamed concept, showing off a low-slung three-door hatchback. Kia itself describes the vehicle as a “provocative and racy new urban concept car.”

Kia says the vehicle will “provoke” when it’s unveiled, which could be an allusion to a new version of the three-door Pro’ceed, which the company currently sells throughout Europe.

The automaker goes on to describe the vehicle as possessing “strong styling lines that exude speed and energy from every angle.”

Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille is nearly unrecognizable on the concept, and the honeycomb pattern typically used in the grille is instead moved below to the split front chin spoiler. Moving to the side, the roofline angles downward dramatically, similar to the Kia Soul.

The rear features at least one exhaust pipe, suggesting this won’t be a plug-in electric vehicle. The A-pillar is transparent, giving the windshield and side windows a wraparound look, and there is no B-pillar.

Internet scuttlebutt suggests the concept, if put into production, could take on other sporty crossovers such as the Nissan Juke.

 

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