Kia Habanero Concept auto debuts with huge range and radical design

Kia Habanero Concept auto debuts with huge range and radical design

The exterior is defined by a different interpretation of the brand's typical tiger nose grille.

Kia has stunned crowds at the New York Motor Show 2019 with the debut of the all-new HabaNiro Concept vehicle. Conceived and designed at the Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in California, the HabaNiro's labeled "a whole new category of mobility - "The Everything Car" or ECEV".

At 171 inches long, the HabaNiro is nearly identical in length to the regular production Niro.

The concept measures 4430mm long, 1600mm tall, 1955mm tall, and a 2830mm wheelbase. The 20-inch wheels on fairly chunky tires and very short overhangs also help the auto to "exude coiled muscularity and capability", according to Tom Kearns, the VP of Kia's US design center.

"We couldn't be more proud of our design center", says Michael Cole, KMA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. The butch exterior belies the close dimensional relationship, the HabaNiro clad in Snowdrift Pearl White paint set off by Satin Metallic Granite Grey cladding in front and an anodized Lava Red aero panel in back. The EV chassis architecture allowed the wheels to be pushed to the corners, giving the HabaNiro its wide and confident stance. Last but not least, the model has been outfitted with daytime running lights that have a unique "heartbeat pulse".

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Each of the HabaNiro's doors open butterfly style to reveal a Lava Red interior that "suggests passion and vibrancy".

Stepping past its "scissor-like" butterfly doors, HabaNiro occupants are treated to a seriously futuristic cabin devoid of restrictive, rectangular screens and archaic knobs and buttons. This is controlled by a touchpad on a concave acrylic panel with what Kia calls sensory light feedback, and a technical option sharing system that lets the driver and passengers move things across the screen like chess pieces. And the patterned floor is lit with changeable mood lighting that "reflects onto surfaces within the cabin", which sounds like what you get in the club.

The four-seater SUV vehicle is fully electric and has all-wheel drive and will have autonomous driving features.

Inside the HabaNiro concept, it's a tale of two vehicles. It can personalise the cabin by reading a driver's emotions in real time through artificial intelligence-based recognition technology. AI and automation shouldn't take the joy out of driving, as some auto lovers fear, but should enhance it - anticipating needs so we can concentrate on the driving experience.

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