Geneva News: More Kia No.3 MPV Concept Details Before the Show
March 2, 2009
Kia Motors released more information and images of its sporty No.3 MPV that's making its debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The newest design concept features a slew of styling cues said to demonstrate the future look of Kia's lineup and promises a unique "beautiful" and "fun-to-drive" experience while behind the wheel.
From the looks of it, the No.3 takes a dramatic tangent from the brand's current design profile, with elements of the upcoming Soul clearly evident. Penned by chief designer Gregory Gullaume in Frankfurt, Germany, the No.3 is meant for the European B-segment market and features an MPV-like long wheelbase (103-in.) combined with short front and rear overhangs. Height measures 63-in. while its width comes in at around 69-in. It sports a panorama roof thanks to an extended windshield running the length of the vehicle to the rear hatch. Only a diagonal support bar above the front passengers breaks the tinted ceiling. Otherwise, visibility is pretty much unobstructed.
Its face is fresh with a new radiator grille, extra-large headlights, bigger brand logo and curvaceous lines all around -- all key elements said to be important to future Kia designs. The No.3's sporty wedge shape is further accentuated by 19-in. alloys and wrap-around taillights. Inside, the concept's rear seats fold and allow for further usability. Higher grade black and contrasting white appointments usually saved for C-segment rides are utilized and are said to give the No.3 an upper class feeling.