Kia optimizes the van with KV7 concept
The KV7, unveiled on Monday at the Detroit auto show, features a gullwing-style side door combined with a pillar-less front passenger door to open up the entire side of the car. Inside, the KV7 has four custom-built swiveling seats, including the driver's chair, and a rear-corner mini lounge with seating for three and integrated storage compartments.
Kia calls its KV7 concept a modern-day "activity van" that challenges the notion that vans are only for family transportation .
The KV7 is consistent with the current van sizes, even though it doesn't look like it. The length is about 190 inches and width is 80 inches.
The front of the KV7 is highlighted by Kia's tabbed grille with vertical LED headlights integrated into the design.
A line of LED fog lights span the entire front end, and directional turn signals on the outside mirrors pulse in the direction being signaled.
When the KV7's ignition is engaged, the entire front dash moves six inches toward the driver, bringing all controls within reach.
A large multifunctional display integrates infotainment, climate and navigation systems controlled by a trackball mouse mounted in the dash.
The KV7 is Wi-Fi enabled, giving both the front and rear displays Internet access and the ability for multiple passengers to connect their smartphones to the vehicle at one time.
0-liter turbocharged engine producing 285 hp. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and achieves more than 30 mpg on the highway, according to Kia.