Kia’s New Small SUV Interior Surfaces In Official Sketches

After teasing its exterior design last week, Kia has now released new official renderings that give us a first look inside their all-new small SUV.

The cockpit centers around a new 10.25-inch infotainment system with physical buttons. The touchscreen display provides access to a certain number of functions and sits in the middle of the dashboard, on top of the central air vents which, like the side ones, feature metallic surroundings.

The multi-function steering wheel is similar to the one used in the Stonic and behind it, we can see the traditional gauges flanking a digital screen. The controls for the electric windows and side mirrors are on the driver’s door, while elsewhere, the interior features carbon fiber imitations and more metallic trim on different surfaces, as well as a grab-bar on the passenger side.

“We have focused on designing a cabin unlike any other in the small SUV segment, with a greater sense of depth and richness to the design”, said Chief of Styling at Kia, Byung Chul Juh. “Our newest model will offer greater pleasure and satisfaction to our customers, with a premium-quality interior that benefits from sophisticated design details.”

This is an automatic version of the car, which also offers a sequential mode too. It also gets an ‘Off-Road’ driving mode, as highlighted by the button placed near the gear selector, as well as hill-descent control, locking differential and perhaps other functions that should help it on challenging terrains.

Heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, parking sensors and stop/start function will also be part of the package, alongside the Sound Mood Lighting, a tech that alters the ambient lighting according to the music played.

Kia will probably unveil their new small SUV in the coming weeks, as it’s scheduled to go on sale in South Korea in the second half of the year before launching in global markets shortly after.

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  • PhilMcGraw

    I actually like it. It’s clean and simple which sometimes can be a good thing. It also is intriguing the features they are offering for the targeted price range.

  • TheBelltower

    Very ordinary. Kia is running dry creatively.

    • donald seymour

      I kinda see what you are saying but I don’t agree. The layout is upscale from my perspective.

      • TheBelltower

        I don’t think it looks “downscale.” But don’t you think this style has been done plenty of times already? Especially since Kia has shown what they can do with their designs. Seems strange to tease an interior like this with sketches.

        • donald seymour

          Okay, in that instance you’re right, but I’m just happy with good design. Maybe, it’s me for being complacent.

  • dumblikeyou2

    The hologram rainbow ambient lighting is gonna be sweeeet.

  • Hot Twink

    It doesn’t have a locking differential. Kia uses the icon with four-wheels and a center “x” to represent the “lock” button for the all-wheel drive system.

    The system is transverse front-wheel drive based, so it uses a front PTO and rear RDM. No transfer case. The RDM has a multi-disc clutch which acts like center differential, and can hold a preset torque split when the “lock” button is pressed.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks great. I wonder if they will use quality materials, some times they don’t.

  • Bige Lee

    It doesn’t look special but very clean and functional. Somehow it’s a bad thing for “internet commentators”

  • Bash

    looks familiar.. Where did I see that before?

    • Rj Mansfield

      Looks like a baby Telluride interior!

  • T2X

    BMW want his Cockpit back…

    • bd0007

      Looks better than what BMW has done in a similar style, and besides, it’s more Audi-like than BMW.

      And Mazda, Toyota and others have done similar dashes as well (as well as Kia previously).

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