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Kia’s U.S. design studio unveiled its latest design statement – the “KV7” concept at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today. The concept is conceived as a modern-day “activity van” and challenges the notion that vans are strictly for family transportation. It also reveals a vision for a vehicle that has the ability to transport a large number of people (and their belongings) while serving as a connected social hub for groups of friends and adventure-seekers with its four custom-built swiveling seats – including the driver’s seat!

It builds on the philosophy of “embracing the box” established by Kia’s funky Soul urban passenger vehicle, creating a unique and alluring design language that brings SUV-like qualities to the segment. The KV7 concept’s design stands in sharp contrast to the dramatically raked windshields and wedge-shaped noses found throughout the van segment. The A-pillar and windshield design are less vertical than traditional minivans and the concept has a wide stance, smooth exterior skin with 20-inch wheels.

Here are some images, specifications and features of the KV7 concept:.

Exterior Dimensions
Length: 191.85 in. (4873mm)
Width: 80.0 in. (2033mm)
Height: 68.1 in. (1729mm)
Wheelbase: 122.0 in. (3100mm)

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: P255/45R20
Tires: 20-in.

Exterior Features
- Passenger-side gullwing door creates a massive point-of-entry when opened in conjunction with the pillar-less front passenger door
- A continuous line of LED fog lights that span the entire front end of the vehicle
- LED Directional turn indicators on the outside mirrors and the rear of the vehicle
- Interpretation of Kia’s signature bold tabbed grille with vertical LED headlamps integrated within the design
- A distinctive windshield and series of near-continuous windows starting at the A-pillar for maximum visibility

Interior Features
- Rear-corner mini-lounge with seating for three
- Integrated storage compartments
- Modern color palette featuring soft beige and green tones
- Unique seat and surface materials
- Variety of unconventional textures, including reclaimed teak wood flooring and sustainable wool and felt materials
- Front dash moves more than six inches toward the driver when push button start is engaged
- Large multi-use display which integrates infotainment, climate and navigation systems in one simple-to-use interface controlled by a trackball mouse mounted in the dash
- Rear floating tabletop touch-screen computer display
- Wi-Fi enabled cabin
- Ability for multiple passengers to connect their smart phones simultaneously
- Multiple flush-to-the-floor accent illumination points and standout green LED lighting throughout the front dash, instrument panel and rear display area

Driving Functions
- New Theta II 2.0-liter GDI turbocharged engine
- Up to 285 horsepower
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- V6-type power and performance while maximizing fuel efficiency


  • jtz

    This is one heck of a design one heck of a design indeed. I’m a minivan hater. I think all vans are big, stupid, dumb and slow to accelerate. I think vans are useless and don’t understand the point of a van when you can buy a cuv………… bUT……. Kia made a van that I actually want that through away the style of a van that says, “it has to have sliding doors”. Kia made a van that’s stylish a van that is cool looking. A van that looks like a cuv and a van and yet a CUV. This is one heck of a design. Unlike the ugly, stupid, dumb, boring and slow to acclerate Odessey that takes 3 hours and 12 days to make a right turn from street to another. Vans mostly spend the time in the fast lane on the highway doing 5 miles below the speed limit causing others to have to get in another lane to bypass the big, stupid, dumb, slow acclerating van. When a van is at a red light, it takes them 15 seconds to reach back to the speed limit. As a result, my Forte has to get in another lane because of that big, stupid, dumb, slow acclerating van. But look at this KV7, the style says its ready for speed, its ready for power and it’s ready for minivan haters to buy it. I alsw was getting tired of everytime a big, stupid, dumb slow acclerating van got redesigned what was the point of making a van bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger? It’s not like people are still growing. I like how it’s not too big and not too small but just right This is one heck of a design one heck of a design indeed. A van I can’t beleive a car manufacturer made a van that even a minivan hater like me likes. That’s amazing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    The KV7 gives great insight into the creative minds of Kia’s design team. I love the interior with lounge seating and high tech features. Exceptional!

  • Dan Sinstead

    You have to produce this van. A perfect replacement for the current Sedona. Just the right size and I like the idea of the lifting side door. The only problem with that is when parking beside another car. Perhaps you could have the side have another hinge in the middle so it can be lifted in confined space and then raise up for head clearance. My old van had problems with the track when sliding.(Dodge)

  • Dan Sinstead

    You have to produce this van. A perfect replacement for the current Sedona. Just the right size and I like the idea of the lifting side door. The only problem with that is when parking beside another car. Perhaps you could have the side have another hinge in the middle so it can be lifted in confined space and then raise up for head clearance. My old van had problems with the track when sliding.(Dodge)

  • Steve

    Please produce this for the UK market as soon as possible. Its stunning and I have finally found a vehicle I want to buy to replace my current 12 year old one. You have to get this on the road as soon as possible. The side door is a stroke of genius and the interior makes this very practical.
    When can we expect to see it available? I want one now

    Steve