The Kia Kee was revealed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Kee is a sports coupe concept based around a front-engine,
rear-wheel-drive platform, with the possibility of an
The styling of the Kia Kee is intended not only to gather
interest in the concept itself, but also to preview a
new styling language for the company, and raise the profile
of the South Korean marque.
The Kee is powered by a 200 hp V6 with
the possibility of AWD
Kia Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer said of the concept:
"Kee has to communicate a design language that will
be seen on all future Kia products. That language has
to be stated in certain elements of the visual representation
lines, shapes, details. But it has to be consistent
and easy to understand. It must be visually strong and
purposeful but it must be capable of being transferred
from this sports coupe concept to a city runabout, a family
saloon, a load-lugging MPV or a go-anywhere SUV."
The Kia Kee concept has a simple profile highlighted with
interesting details. Items like the small rear side windows
which allow for almost seamless rear and side glass, the
electronic micro-switch door release set into the side-window
glass, and the dramatic headlights with integrated LED
strips which frame the outer edge of the air inlets positioned
under the lights.
Inside the Kia Kee concept the layout is decidedly sports
orientated. Behind the square-bottomed steering wheel
are paddles to shift the six-speed sequential gearbox.
Instead of a standard gear stick an ergonomically designed
lever sits atop the milled aluminium centre console and
requires only a nudge forward or backward to select drive
mode. The top of the computer mouse-like gear lever flips
up to reveal the electronic starter button. The rear of
the Kee's passenger compartment is sufficiently spacious
to allow four adults to travel in the car when necessary.
Power for the Kee comes from a 2.7 litre V6 engine, producing
200 horsepower. The Kee uses light-weight aluminium or
plastic panels and components wherever possible in order
to reduce weight and further improve performance.
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