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KIA Cub Concept Has Made Its World Debut at The Seoul International Motor Show in Korea

KIA Cub Concept Revealed in Seoul

The Kia Cub concept has made its world debut at the Seoul international motor show in Korea, revealing a turbocharged compact four-door 'coupe'.

Designed in Seoul under the direction of Kia president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer, the sub-4m-long Kia Cub combines a pillar-less mid section and rearward-opening rear doors with a luxuriously trimmed four-seater cabin.

With design influences from the 2007 Kia Kee 2+2 concept, the sleek yellow Kia Cub has a broad wrap-around 'mouth' up front, a 'dip' in the top of the windshield – a theme seen on the Kia Optima, Sportage and Cadenza models – and the latest reworking of Schreyer's 'tiger nose' grille with an integrated air intake for its 150kW/265Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine – the same unit in the Australia-bound?Kia pro_cee'd GT and European-sold?cee'd GT.

Two-point LED headlights, similar to those on the Kia Quoris, are matched by LED tail-lights, while the front end's 'mouth' treatment is mirrored out back.

Minimum-drag wing mirrors, automatic touch door handles, 19-inch alloy wheels, aerodynamic 'turning-vanes' and a sports stripe complete the exterior highlights.

Inside, yellow stitching and black leather join body-coloured accents around the seats, door armrests and steering wheel – the latter capable of monitoring drivers' biorhythms.

Continuing the technology theme is the Kia Cub's 'Driving Information System'. Connected to a gesture camera, the unit allows driver's to navigate through menus with "well-defined motions".

Kia senior executive vice-president and COO Thomas Oh, said the new concept has been styled to appeal to "trend-setting urban dwellers".

"The new Kia Cub is a compact, four-door coupe created with a clear focus on driving performance and practicality."

Kia says there are no plans to put the Kia Cub concept into volume production.

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KIA Cub Concept Revealed in Seoul