Kia tends to use concept models as hints at future designs, and the Novo concept, unveiled at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show, appears to be another look forward.
The name is derived from the Latin word “novatus,” which serves as the origin of the English “innovation,” which is an apt way to describe this vehicle.
The Novo concept sedan was styled at the Kia design center in Namyang, Korea, and is built on a modified version of their C-segment global platform.
Design: Kia Novo is a beauty on 4 wheels!
The sporty profile is highlighted by a fastback roofline and long, slim greenhouse.
While the design is smooth and geometric, the sharp lines around the body give it real character.
The tiger nose grille lets you know that the Novo is a Kia, while deeply embedded laser headlights and wide air intakes give the face a bold look.
The wheel arches are large, delivering a show of strength that is highlighted further by a consistent shoulder line.
Around back, the laser lighting is a carbon copy of the front, while triangular exhausts add a further touch of sportiness to the concept.
This is a car that is designed to be aerodynamic, and it shows in every single line and feature.
The profile is made even more striking by the use of rear-hinged doors and central pop-out handles.
The alloy wheel design is striking, with the diamond cut design finished in two-tone carbon and silver. That two-tone look carries over to the paint finish, which is silver and green.
Thumbs up for the Novo’s sleek & sporty interior
The cabin space has been designed to be a sanctuary from the stresses of daily life in the modern world.
The interior is all about the driver, as there are few distractions to be found. Passengers are well looked after, too, as there is ample space throughout.
The dashboard is wide and well laid out. Touches of aluminum and leather make for a beautiful design.
The instrument panel delivers information via a 3D hologram display, while a ‘blind control’ touchpad beside the steering wheel allows the driver to access numerous controls while keeping eyes firmly on the road ahead.
The touchpad uses a fingerprint sensor to automatically load up the personal preferences of the driver.
The other occupants of the vehicle can see what is going on thanks to a wide touchscreen in the center of the dash.
State of the art powertrain tech
Under the hood, the Kia Novo is fitted with the 1.6-liter Kappa turbo gasoline direct injection engine and the automaker’s new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
That all adds up to a vehicle that delivers sporty performance whilst going easy on fuel consumption.
The tires fitted on the Novo concept feature an “adaptive concave profile,” which means they have a sunken middle section that helps keep the rubber cool and channel away excess water on the road.
You will also experience better road grip, less noise, and a smoother ride with these 20-inch tires.
Kia Novo possible release date
There are no plans to make the Novo a production model, but if Kia’s history with these types of vehicles is anything to go by, this one will serve as a little glimpse in their future design path.