Kia KV7 Concept at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Kia KV7 Concept

  • Looks like: Something that delivers pizzas
  • Defining characteristics: A single gullwing rear door
  • Ridiculous features: Lounge-inspired passenger compartment
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Hopefully none

Kia says it is embracing the box with its KV7 concept. Instead of trying to make this minivan concept something other than a box shape, Kia took the functional design and tried to spruce it up. On the outside, this means LED lighting all the way around, including an LED strip of fog lights and pulsating LEDs on the turn signals that illuminate in the direction of the turn.

The KV7 is roughly the size of today’s current crop of minivans, though it's about 9 inches shorter bumper to bumper. The flat sides look clean, as they don't have swooping lines used in the redesigned Honda Odyssey or Nissan Quest. And the front of the KV7 is blunt, unlike the pointy nose of the new Toyota Sienna.


It is simply a box. It’s not particularly unique on the outside, except for the sweet gullwing door on passenger side only. Sure, the shape is functional and lends the most interior room, but if Kia plans to move this concept vehicle any closer to production, it could slap all the lights it wants on the outside, and I still wouldn't be convinced that families will embrace the box.

The dashboard is an electronic explosion, with all the controls illuminated in a glowing green. While the interior is a bit more unique, even for a concept, imagine taking an Ikea catalog and transplanting the most chill, laid-back pieces into a minivan. There’s a lounge-like atmosphere with a couch, swivel chairs and teak wood floors. The lounge is modernized with a “floating” tabletop computer in the back. The floating computer is like an old sit-down Pac-Man arcade machine whose innards have been replaced with an iPad or similar touch-screen device. I wasn't invited to play Angry Birds on it, though.

Kia KV7 Concept

Kia KV7 Concept

Kia KV7 Concept

Kia KV7 Concept

Kia KV7 Concept

Kia KV7 Concept

Kia KV7 Concept

Kia KV7 Concept

Comments 

I cant wait to go to the auto show this year. there will be a lot of concept cars to view. but i am not to thrilled to see the Kia KV7. Looks just like a big gray box. I do like the wood floors and the chairs and hanging computer that is nice.

autojim

It's exactly what it is supposed to be - a CONCEPT! Borderline brilliant, I might add.

stevo

From what I have read kia is saying this will be in production in about a year...although with a very different interior but keeping most of the exterior design. I certainly hope so ..i really like it.

WOI

Pretty awesome, actually.

cody

the shape is no worse than the ford flex.

Kia needs to update its ageing Sedona soon. Perhaps it wants to flirt with the emerging trend of dressing up minivans, to make them look like they aren't, though those who shop for minivans, frankly, wouldn't care less. The KV7 concept delivers: it looks good. The interior, at this early stage, is complete baloney, of course. Yet, when it comes to minivans, it's the interior that really matters. Can Kia outpace its competitors? Perhaps. Let's hope so.

What I would like to see is more headroom in the back, longer and wider armrests, more comfortable third row seats, second row that folds into the floor--but without compromising comfort and safety, less wind and tire noise in the cabin (much less!), more sunroof, better fuel economy--but without sacrificing performance.

Kia, are you listening?

Jason

I think it looks great, though maybe have the computer/touch screen thing pivot-able to the point where people on the couch/lounge could watch a movie or something.

But I really do like the design as is on the inside though from the pictures, if you're going to make the inside green, make the seats green not that faded color green they are in the photos.

But I like that they're going slightly towards the old VW van sort of thing where it was partially aimed at a younger crowd for doing things with groups of friends. Its a younger more modern take on the family mini-van that I really like.

rony

Korean car companies are on the move these days pushing quality, styling and fuel economy forward in ways nobody would've expected just five years ago. One of the quiet successes at Kia has been its Sedona, a competitively priced minivan that delivers many features at an attractive price. Now, at the Detroit Auto Show, Kia is showing off a new minivan concept called the KV7, and it's probably not too far from becoming reality.
http://carreviews1.blogspot.com/2011/07/kia-kv7.html

rony

http://carreviews1.blogspot.com/2011/07/kia-kv7.html
Korean car companies are on the move these days pushing quality, styling and fuel economy forward in ways nobody would've expected just five years ago. One of the quiet successes at Kia has been its Sedona, a competitively priced minivan that delivers many features at an attractive price. Now, at the Detroit Auto Show, Kia is showing off a new minivan concept called the KV7, and it's probably not too far from becoming reality.

Rick in Iowa

I own 2 Kias now, 96 Sportage and 06 Optima. Hope to downsize soon to a 12/13 KV7. Hope this has a tow package, AWD and a price I can afford?

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