Kia imagines 'everything car' with HabaNiro concept
Kia's future-forward "everything car" checks all the boxes a modern consumer could imagine, and even a few that are still unimaginable.
The HabaNiro concept is all-electric and all-wheel drive, with Level 5 autonomy, butterfly doors "and more advanced tech than what helped land men on the moon," the automaker said in a press release.
The concept vehicle was presented at the New York auto show on Wednesday. Kia said the HabaNiro is "essentially an all-electric everything car … commuter, crossover, sport utility, state-of-the-art technology workroom and adventure vehicle."
Exterior styling elements include a grille that resembles a shark's snout, complete with aluminum "teeth," and wheels pushed to the corners for a wide stance. "Perhaps most importantly, the heartbeat pulse of the daytime running lights announces the HabaNiro's animated energy — 'I'm alive.' "
Inside, the concept features a full-width windshield media screen, and artificial intelligence to activate the rearward video display in anticipation of the driver's needs, Kia said.
When the vehicle's part-time autonomous driving system is engaged, the steering wheel and instrument panel retract and movies can be displayed on the windshield viewing screen.
"Some will assume the HabaNiro concept will never be built, but we don't advise betting the farm on it," Kia said in a statement, citing the production launches of the Stinger and Telluride models that also began as concept vehicles.
Kia noted that the HabaNiro's butterfly doors, however, might not make the cut. "Maybe not today, but the future is an exciting place and Kia is ready to lead the automotive industry into this spicy world of possibility."