Kia stuns Paris with Pop concept
Kia’s simplistic Pop electric concept took centre stage on the Korean firm’s stand at the Paris Motor Show last week.
The capsule-shaped Pop, which ‘could only have come from Kia’, flaunts hinged doors, oblong-shaped side windows and a unique windscreen/sunroof panel. The cabin is purple and has just one button as all the other features are controlled via a touch-screen interface.
The Pop features an 18kWh lithium polymer gel battery that is much more compact than the commonly used lithium-ion powerplants. This was produced in conjunction with LG Chem and takes six hours to fully charge.
When fully charged the concept can run for up to 100 miles, while outputting 67bhp and 140 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 86mph.
Kia Designer Peter Schreyer commented: “The Pop doesn’t point at the style of the next generation of cars, but looks even further into the future."
The Pop was joined at the Paris Motor Show by the new Kia Optima saloon and Sportage crossover, which signal the beginning of Kia’s model revamp.