It's not uncommon to see an automaker go a little outside of its comfort zone when creating a concept car, but Kia seems to be going all out for a new small concept it plans to unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Although there is not much information to go on about this unnamed concept, Kia does say that it "hints at a possible future B-segment contender."

With headlights that would look at home on a C7 Corvette or Jaguar F-Type and door cut lines reminiscent of a Ford GT, we can only imagine how sporty this car will look in the flesh. The wide door openings also give a good glimpse inside the car revealing details deep, flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters and the peculiar rotary-style shifter, but our attention is on the instrument panel switches. If you look closely, the second switch from the left seems to be for a center differential possibly hinting at a future sporty all-wheel-drive Kia. Yes, please! Scroll down for the brief press release on the car, and stay tuned for more info as we'll be on hand covering the show next month.
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Dramatic new concept from Kia at Frankfurt Motor Show

Playful but gutsy, sturdy yet impish - Kia's dramatic new European concept to be unveiled at the IAA in Frankfurt on 10 September hints at a possible future B-segment contender ready to take on the urban environment with style and tenacity.

Accepting any challenge that the assured modern motorist may throw at it, this concept car combines a mischievous character in a clearly robust and substantial yet stylish bodyshape featuring a mix of contrasting materials in compact, purposeful dimensions.

Born out of Kia's determination to seek new compact-car options for the individualistic and demanding driver for whom size is an issue, the concept features intriguing elements not always associated with smaller cars and has been created in Europe with European tastes and expectations very much in mind.

Although there are no current plans for production the vehicle's unveiling in Frankfurt will be used to gauge potential customer response for future showroom models.


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      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks good but one Peter does not a car company make. Until the materials and craftsmanship of Hyundai/Kia improve, as well as the customer experience- the design will be the only bright spot. Peter's designs are top notch- Optima, Cadenza, Sorrento,...- but the rest is still suspect.
        futuramautoblog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carnut0913
        Have you been in one recently? Your insights seem to be still living in the past. Materials and Craftsmanship of Hyundai/Kia are among the top-notch in their respective segments. Also all other cars in the US range, with the exception of Sedona, they were all designed while Peter was in the helm.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carnut0913
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      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I suspect a juke clone...
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      the brilliance of the design language Schreyer has developed for Kia is its versatility. It wasn't a one-hit wonder. It's able to be updated each time.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a concept blip of the new Kia GT 4-door sedan. RWD and a real looker. Keep a close watch on this pup, it's gonna be killer!
        Archknight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Lund
        Did you not read the press release? It clearly states "B-segment contender ready to take on the urban environment". Somehow that translates into RWD 4 door sedan??
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only area where Hyundai/Kia need improvment is in ride quality. Specifically in terms of refinement because the cars handle very well for their respective segments but the ride can be a bit harsh compared to other cars. I don\'t particularly mind because I tend to do suspension work anyway which often degrades ride quality but I can see this being an issue for some. Overall fantastic cars though!
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      possible future B-segment contender Hey, Archknight, carefully read the above part of this sentence from the kia press release. What does "possible" mean ta you. Back off, it means it may be a mid-size sporty 4-door sedan. Quit being a know-it-all when all you take is Geritol.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Lund
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      Archknight
      • 1 Year Ago
      This maybe a mini ute since the article says it's a B-segment concept or it maybe something C-segment sized, a hot hatch similar to VW Scirocco, Whatever it is I like the looks of it already, hopefully they'll keep those lights on the production model or at least make them optional.
      theweegeean
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's try dissecting this press release. "possible future B-segment contender *ready to take on the urban environment*"- AWD B crossover. "Accepting any challenge that the assured modern motorist may throw at it"--mud, snow, and pavement? "clearly robust and substantial yet stylish bodyshape"--big haunches and exaggerated tough styling. "intriguing elements not always associated with smaller cars and has been created in Europe with European tastes and expectations very much in mind." Sporty shapes, turbo engine. Europe and European tastes? In the B segment the Nissan Juke is selling hand over fist in Europe with a combination of crossover and sporty cues. My take on it is that this is going to be a concept for an AWD, turbo, Kia Soul based, B crossover with hints of Nissan Juke in the styling.
      Archknight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reading motorauthority\'s coverage on this it seems, if the production model comes to fruition it won\'t be sold in the US as it is supposed to cater to the European market. If this is true then it would be a big mistake as these types of cars seem to sell relatively well in major cities.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's the new craze, multiple B segment cars from one company. I don't disagree with the trend because it allows for more options to the buyers. There was a article a while ago saying B segment is on a decline but in my opinion which other segment can you get so many options of styles of vehicles based on similar platforms.
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