2007 Kia KND-4 Concept

November 15, 2007

Kia’s newest concept car is kinda this, kinda that. Or as chief designer Peter Schreyer would prefer, it “eliminates the boundary between the indoors and outdoors,” and the lines between SUVs and sports cars — a surprisingly common theme at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

 

This is definitely not the classic sport-ute box, the design promising to be a lot more fun-to-drive. Take a close look at the lime-green wagon, as you may be seeing the basic design cues in the future, suggested a spokesman. “This is definitely the design direction we’re going to push into our future SUVs,” said spokesman Alex Fedorak, “especially the front end.”

 

The KND-4 could influence other moves the Korean maker is considering. The show car features a 2.2-liter clean diesel, an advance peek at the oil-burner Kia intends to roll out in the 2009 model year.

 

“The diesel will be big for us in the future,” asserted Fedorak.

 

The first of the Korean’s high-mileage powertrains will appear about a year after launch of the new Borrego SUV — which will make its formal debut at the upcoming Detroitauto show. Production is scheduled to begin in mid-summer as a 2009, initially with a gasoline engine. The diesel will follow a year later.

 

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