Kia Novo Concept previews future small car design themes

Presented this week at the Seoul Motor Show, the Kia Novo Concept is a stylish one-off the automaker says hints at the look of its next-generation compact cars. This coupe-inspired 4-door takes its name from the Latin word "novatus" that means renewed or refreshed, and Kia says the Novo was intended to offer stressed-out urban commuters "a calming, focused environment in which drivers can refresh and rejuvenate as they transition from one life commitment to the next."

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Build on a specially modified version of the platform that underpins the compact Kia Forte, the exterior of the Novo Concept blends smooth geometric shapes with sharply defined character creases and a sweeping roofline to give it a clean, contemporary look that's set off with interesting detail elements and a two-tone green and silver finish. Slightly wider and more deeply integrated into the Novo's bold front latest, the latest evolution of Kia's "tiger nose" grille is flanked by slim-line LED laser headlamps and prominent air intakes. Prominent fender flares, aluminum vents, and rear-hinged rear doors add drama to the car's coupe-like profile while the aero-optimized tail treatment is punctuated by LED lamps and low, triangular exhaust outlets. The Novo rides on 20-inch diamond-cut carbon/silver alloy wheels wrapped in new "adaptive concave profile" tires. The design of these state-of-the-art boots features a sunken center section and slim outboard contact edges intended to lower rolling resistance and road noise, improve grip in both wet and dry conditions. 

A serene sanctum for four 

Rendered largely in leather and brushed aluminum with individual seating for four, the cabin of the Kia Novo Concept has a calming, minimalist character designed to reduce clutter while maintaining full functionality. The gauge cluster consists of a trio of 3D holographic displays while an adjacent "blind control" touch pad incorporates a fingerprint scanner that automatically presets driver preferences for a variety vehicle system settings.  

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The Kia Novo Concept is fitted with the automaker's latest 1.6-liter turbocharged/direct-injected TGDI gasoline engine that drives the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While there are no plans to put the Novo into production in its current form, Kia cite a long history of introducing volume-build models that share much in common with concept vehicles that preceded them. 

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