New Kia Ray hints at electric future

Instead, the box-like city car will only go on sale in Korea. However, it has led to speculation the manufacturer will introduce its first ever electric powertrain for the new Ray.

Not to be confused with the four-door coupe Kia Ray concept, the Kia Ray city car looks like a cross between the small Kia Picanto city car and the eye-catching Kia Soul compact MPV.

With a rear sliding door, boxy shape and distinctive Kia front end, the Kia Ray is a unique, attractive city car.

Kia has previously announced an electric car is on its way in its home market and the new Kia Ray could be this car.

This could lead to development of the technology for the UK market, but Kia has not confirmed this so far.

However, Kia did unveil the Kia Naimo this year, a Fiesta-size electric car closely resembling the new 2012 Kia Soul. The car is currently being tested in Kia’s alternative-fuelled vehicle fleet and could lead to an electric model being launched in the UK as early as 2012.

Kia’s only foray into alternative fuels so far has been the Kia Optima hybrid saloon, which is not on sale in the UK yet.

Based on the new Kia Optima, the hybrid version matches a 2.4-litre petrol engine with a 40bhp electric motor and will go on sale early in 2012 from around £20,000.