When the Paris Motor Show opens up next month, Kia will roll out a new battery-powered commuter concept.
Thus far, Kia has only released a few details about its door-stop-shaped Pop Concept, including its sub-10-foot length and its three-seat layout. Interestingly, Kia has gone with a bench seat layout, with the driver on the left rather than a central driver layout like the Gordon Murray-designed T.25 uses. For a tiny car like this, it would seem like putting the driver in the middle would be more space efficient, allowing the driver to be shifted forward between the front wheels for better legroom. Perhaps Kia is going for a more traditional motoring experience, or they may have some other spacial tricks up their sleeves.
Either way, it's too early to tell if the Pop electric vehicle concept is a precursor to Kia's future styling, but this is certainly a different look. Check out the images in our high-res gallery below and visit the jump for the Korean automaker's official – and very short – press release.
ELECTRIC KIA POP CONCEPT TO SPARK INTEREST AT PARIS
Kia Motors will continue its tradition of unveiling convention-challenging and design-led concept vehicles at motor shows when it reveals an all-new electric concept car at the Paris Motor Show on the 30th September.
Called the 'POP', Kia's latest concept car boasts zero-emissions – whilst in use – and at three metres long, yet with a three seat layout, brings innovative design chic and dramatic styling to the city car segment.
Further information will be released in due course. The 2010 Paris Motor Show runs from the 30th September to the 17th October