Kia Kue Concept

Concept Cars 12 Jan 2007
Kia Kue Concept

Created by KMA (Kia Motors America) design team, the Kue concept is a performance-focused crossover utility vehicle that hints at future styling directions for the brand.

Kia Kue Concept - Design sketchesThe official presentation of the Kia Kue also served as the public debut in North America for Peter Schreyer, new global design chief of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC).

“We’ve instilled confidence and integrity in our consumer base with vehicles that provide value, quality and safety,” said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of KMA.

“Kue embodies the next phase of our brand evolution, which will instill pride and passion in our customers through great design.”


The Kia Kue was developed by the KMA (Kia Motors America) design team as an expression of Kia’s global design language.

Kia Kue ConceptIt employs a different approach to the crossover utility vehicle segment by taking elements focused on performance.

Kue is designed first and foremost as a driver’s vehicle. While possessing SUV characteristics and capabilities, the Kia Kue focuses more on giving the driver an exhilarating driving experience on the way to the home improvement center than on how much it can haul.

The Kia Kue has a monocoque platform that sits on 22-inch tires with a wheelbase of more than 114 inches, packaged in an overall length of 186 inches. Though purely a concept, the Kia Kue does, however, hint at future styling directions for Kia Motors.

Kia Kue Concept“Good design shouldn’t look like you are trying too hard,” said Tom Kearns, KMA chief designer. “The future Kia direction will incorporate the ‘less is more’ philosophy but still include a heavy dose of boldness to be distinct.”

With its four wheels pushed to the corners and exterior skin tautly stretched over its underpinnings, the Kue sits powerful and poised.

Draped muscular wheel flares play a nice contrast to crisp beveled sections found elsewhere on the body.

Swept back headlights connect to the front grille to create a clean, aggressive down-road appearance.

The side window shape flows effortlessly into the rear backlight where two centerline hinging doors open to access rear storage. A single side door that incorporates a negative skive shape opens scissor style for easy ingress and egress.

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Interior design

Kia Kue Concept - InteriorOn the inside Kue continues the clean, athletic theme with bold understated simplicity.

With a four-passenger seating arrangement and custom-built bucket seats, Kue is a vehicle both driver and passengers can enjoy. A technology-driven interface designed to adjust to driver and passenger preference is the focus of the interior functionality.

Touch pad and motion-sensing controls are used to adjust things like audio and climate, and the entire system is programmable so that one surface may activate the stereo for one driver and temperature for another.

Rear passengers have their own, separate interface.

Kia Kue Concept - InteriorThe futuristic look of the interior is enhanced by the use of sophisticated seat and surface materials and a modern color palette.

"Carefully selected materials and textures are vital components to the interior design of Kue, and they create an upscale feel that is both modern and inviting."

A mid dark interior theme with highlights was chosen in place of the typical light interior common to many concept cars.

Overall, the Kue interior presents a new perspective of upscale function with an emphasis on comfortable, user-friendly interaction.

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The Kue Concept is powered by a 400-horsepower, DOHC, supercharged 4.6-liter V8 that delivers 400 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a full-time all wheel drive system.

Kia Kue Concept – Features & Specifications

Exterior Dimensions
  • Length: 186 in. (4724mm)
  • Width: 79 in. (1929mm)
  • Height: 63 in. (1600mm)
  • Wheel base: 114.2 in. (2900mm)
  • Track F/R: 64.5/65 in. (1640/1652mm)
Wheels & Tires
  • Wheels: 22-inch
  • Tires: 265/40R22
Exterior Features
  • Draped muscular wheel flares
  • Beveled side sections
  • Scissor-style side doors
  • Swept back headlights
  • Rear backlight with centerline hinging doors
  • Liquid metal paint scheme
Interior Features
  • Driver- and passenger-adjustable technology-driven interface
  • Programmable touch pad and motion-sensing controls
  • Mid dark interior theme with highlights
  • Sophisticated seat and surface materials and a modern color palette
Driving Functions
  • 4.6-liter, supercharged V8, 400hp 400 lb-ft torque
  • All-wheel drive (AWD)
  • Five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability
  • Adaptive cruise control

(Source: Kia)

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