All-new Kia Novo concept unveiled in South Korea

Kia has unveiled a bold and exciting new coupe-style concept car, the Novo, at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show in South Korea.

Giving clear hints at Kia’s future design direction, the Novo is apparently aimed at modern city-dwellers according to the manufacturer, and comes fitted with some innovative new features.

Fittingly, its name is inspired by the Latin word ‘novatus’, which is the origin of the word ‘innovation’, and the new concept reinterprets traditional craftsmanship with a cutting-edge twist.

Sleek and sharp coupe-style design

Designed at Kia’s design centre in Korea, the Novo features a sleek and sharp coupe-inspired silhouette, with a long rear overhang and a slicked-back fastback roofline for a raked, sporty image.

Sharp, decisive lines punctuate the side of the Novo’s body, while the front end sports new laser headlights, low and wide air intakes to frame its bold face and the trademark Kia grille.

Its assertive design is accentuated with large front wheel arches, while the rear of the car continues the geometric-inspired theme with low triangular exhausts and sharp bodywork.

Final exterior touches include a unique silver green finish and rear-hinged doors with pop-out door handles, plus 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels complete with a two-tone carbon and silver finish.

On the inside, the concept model’s cabin features a minimalist interior, with a long wide dashboard finished in leather and aluminium, which is angled towards the driver.

Designed to reduce distraction as much as possible, the instrument binnacle displays information via a compact hologram system, while a touchpad beside the steering wheel can be used to control in-car functions.

Kit includes fingerprint scanner and hologram projector!

Featuring a fingerprint scanner, which can set up the car’s functions according to the preferences of the user, the so-called ‘blind control’ pad allows adjustments to be made without the need for taking your eyes off the road.

Alongside that, the cabin also features a wide touchscreen console for drivers and occupants to use, while it’s also kitted out with four sport seats upholstered in high-quality dark brown leather.

Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine linked to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, Kia says that the Novo has performance to match its sporty looks, plus impressive fuel economy.

No details have been given yet, but interestingly Kia has revealed that it also features all-new ‘adaptive concave profile’ tyres, where the middle of the tyre arches off the road surface.

This, Kia says, allows the rubber to cool and excess road water to be wicked away, giving each wheel greater grip on all surfaces, while also reducing rolling resistance and road noise.

No plans have yet been announced to bring the new Kia Novo concept to production, but the manufacturer has coyly hinted that a future Novo-inspired sports car could be on its way soon.