Kia family up for the Koup
A concept hints at the future of the South Korean, writes NEIL McDONALD
IT MAY only be a concept at this stage, but the highly detailed Kia Koup points to a future twodoor sports coupe from the South Korean family.
Originating from the Kia Motors America Design Centre in Irvine, California, the striking Koup concept surprised showgoers at the New York International Auto Show and firmly illustrates the shape and evolution of future Kias.
Looking from some angles like a two-door Mitsubishi Lancer, the aggressive, pillarless Koup is a practical four-seater.
Kia Motors America chief designer Tom Kearns admits the car is a taste of future Kias.
‘‘Kia is designing cars to appeal to drivers who want stylish looks and advanced technology,’’ he says.
However, the Koup styling
is likely to appear first in the new, small, four-door Spectra sedan, codenamed TD — which features a strong wedge-shape, short boot and long angular front end — in 2010.
The Koup combines balanced proportions and a fluid design that hints at an almost production-ready front-wheel-drive sports coupe.
Adding further fuel to the flames is the fact the car also has sixairbags, electronic stability control, adaptive headlights and a tyrepressure monitoring system.
The independent front suspension gets MacPherson struts and the rear has a dual link setup, borrowed from Kia’s parts bin.
The suspension features continuous damping control.
Front-on the car has a bold, dynamic stance with carbon-fibre and black-chrome LED headlights.
From the side there is a distinct wedge-shaped profile with short front and rear overhangs and 19-inch alloys with a Brembo brake package.
Inside there is plenty of carbon- fibre detailing, sports seats, smart key ignition with push-button start and six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The car is powered by a 2.0-litre Theta II turbo- charged fourcylinder.
Koup final: the Kia Koup concept suggests a two-door sports coupe might be on the way.