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Kia introduces lounge-like KV7 concept


The Kia KV7 Concept has been revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, blending SUV styling, minivan seating, and a social media hub

Kia has pulled the covers off its 2011 Kia KV7 Concept, which the company calls a "modern-day activity MPV".

Embracing the box shape seen on the Kia Soul, the KV7 is billed as the best way "to transport a large number of people and their belongings while also serving as a connected social hub for groups of friends and adventure-seekers".

The interior features four swivelling seats and a rear corner mini-lounge with seating for three. Rear passengers have their own floating tabletop touch-screen computer display, accompanying the driver's infotainment display. The whole vehicle is Wi-Fi enabled, so passengers can connect to the web, and their Facebook sites!

The KV7 is at the smaller end of the minivan market, measuring 4874mm long, 2032mm wide and rides on a 3099mm wheelbase, which Kia says puts it squarely in the minivan size class.

The engine is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces upward of 285hp, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and predicted 30-mpg fuel economy.

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