The Kia Futuron Concept is meant to depict and explore the future evolution of the electric SUV.
Everyone knows that most crossovers and SUVs are little more than a sedan/hatchback with an extra 3cm of ground clearance. In this instance, Kia’s taken that concept to the next level by designing what once would have been considered a high-performance coupe concept. The Kia Futuron Concept may very well be exactly that however with enough ground clearance for some serious off-roading.
The concept could, in a way, tackle difficult driving conditions thanks to its e-AWD which consists in four independent in-wheel motors. The positioning of these motors enables Kia to set any desired ride height. A high-capacity battery, located in the vehicle’s floor, feeds the motors.
The Futuron’s body is incredibly sleek and incorporates a new “tiger-face” with innovative Star Cloud light signature. Despite the aerodynamic shape, the vehicle is fairly big at 4,850 mm in length, 1,550 mm tall and with a 3,000 mm-long wheelbase.
The roof is diamond-shaped and is reminiscent of a UFO or a flying saucer. The visible glasshouse incorporates LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors throughout which enables Level 4 autonomous driving. This is where the lounge-like cabin and its front flexible and reclining seats come into play for complete relaxation.
The Futuron is on display at the 2019 China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai.