Kia has just released a lone image of a new concept vehicle it will debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Called the KV7, the small van looks to be sized between the Soul and a conventional minivan, perhaps suggesting it could be a replacement for the Rondo MPV.
There’s a definite resemblance to the Ford Edge and the ‘7’ in the name no doubt refers to the number of seats in the vehicle.
In a press release accompanying the photo, Kia states that its recent production models have stayed very close to the original design concepts that preceded them and so there’s no reason to think that will change with the KV7.
Obviously a production model won’t come with gullwing doors (we can already hear the designers telling us about how the doors are supposed to represent ease of access and a spacious cabin).
Check back for the KV7 Concept’s reveal with full Detroit Auto Show coverage starting January 10th. Until then, get more info on all the debuts at our Detroit Auto Show Preview by clicking here.
Official release after the jump:
For the past several years Kia Motors’ design-led transformation has been delivering production vehicles – such as the Soul, Forte Koup and Sportage – that bear a very close resemblance to the original concept designs that preceded them. At the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Kia will make another dramatic design statement with the world debut of an all-new, convention-challenging concept vehicle named “KV7.”
Further information will be released in early-January.