Kia Number 3 on sale this year?

  • 18-Mar-2009 11:55 EDT
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Frankfurt-designed Kia Number 3 maps out the frontal treatment for future Kia models. (Newspress)

The Kia Number 3 Compact MPV concept unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show presented the future face of all Kia models, which will combine the radiator grille, headlamps, and brand logo, as seen on the Number 3 concept, in varying sizes to suit the particular model. Developed at Kia’s Design Centre Europe in Frankfurt under Chief Designer Gregory Guillaume, it also gave an impression of how a particular forthcoming Kia model, due for launch later this year, might appear.

Number 3 sits on a 2615-mm (103.0-in) wheelbase and measures 1760 mm (69.3 in) wide and 1600 mm (63.0 in) tall, providing the car with a relatively long wheelbase and short overhangs. At the front, the white contour line on the front grille panel is illuminated when the engine is turned on. Details extend to the tires, which include a snow crystal tread pattern.

Inside, Number 3 provides seating for five. A central control unit gives access of the navigation, audio, air-conditioning, and Internet connections to the driver and front passenger at the turn and push of a button.

Echoing other Geneva concepts, Number 3 features a full-length panorama glass roof, which continues to the rear spoiler. A diagonal roof support helps to reinforce the roof section.

To help prevent dazzle, a sun visor, equipped with a solar sensor, automatically moves the visor to shield the driver from direct sunlight.

The seats are upholstered in a water-repellent textile finished in a matt gold color. The rear seats can be adjusted independently or folded down.

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