Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kia Pop

The Kia Pop will make its world debut at the Paris motor show, but the Korean manufacturer has released these digital renders of the electric city car concept in advance. At three meters long, the Pop is similar in length to the Toyota iQ. It features a wave-like front bench seat making room for a single rear occupant behind the front passenger.

Designed by a team headed by Gregory Guillaume at Kia's European design center in Frankfurt under Peter Schreyer, the Pop mixes the Sportage's strong surfacing with a playful lozenge-shaped DLO. The side window's angle and door handle position suggest scissor door openings. Kia's 'tiger' DRG seems to have been been reinterpreted into what one might refer to as a 'tiger cub'.

We're expecting fragmented lamp and inlet/outlet graphics to feature heavily in Paris and the Pop continues the zeitgeist hinted at by the Renault DeZir, with pixellated patterns appearing on its nose, tail and through its interior. Check back with us in early October to read our opinion of the design.

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