• Jan 21st 2010 at 7:56AM
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Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept – Click above to enlarge

Kia is hoping to steal the spotlight at what may be another relatively quiet auto show in Chicago next month with a new plug-in hybrid concept dubbed the Ray. The teaser image sent out by Kia last night shows off what looks like a four-door sedan, possibly with a solar photovoltaic roof to aid in charging the battery or cooling the interior.

The concept was created at the Kia Design Center America and is the first from the Korean brand based on this powertrain architecture. We'd guess the powertrain is similar to the Hyundai Blue-Will concept that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show last week. That car is based on the same configuration that will go into a production hybrid Sonata later this year, but with a bigger motor and battery that is claimed to give a 40-mile electric driving range.

[Source: Kia]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Y'know, the past two years or so, Kia has really earned my respect when it comes to the aesthetics of their new designs... from this teaser, this concept looks quite striking and nice... don't let me down, Kia :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't care for the rear...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Strange, that's what I like the most. It's a production feasible and mostly conventially shaped car, with a touch of hard lines and somewhat ubrupt shapes. It makes me think of where car styling would have wound up if innocuously rounded had never become the new norm with cars like the taurus, intrepid, and neon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the lines...from what I can see. It'll probably never see production though, or if it does it won't look like the concept.
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