Distinctive "check mark" shape furthers the performance-inspired appearance
Realistic interior design makes KOUP a true driver's car
Combining youthful exuberance with a sporty and sleek design, Kia
Motors America (KMA) today globally debuted the KOUP concept at the
2008 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) during a press conference
at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Illustrating the shape and
evolution of future Kia vehicles, the simple yet bold and aggressive
KOUP exterior is complemented by its realistic and sleek interior
design. Originating from the Kia Motors America Design Center in
Irvine, Calif., the KOUP concept embodies Kia's philosophy of "Exciting
and Enabling" with its balanced proportions and fluid design set to
evoke an emotional driving experience.
"The Kia KOUP concept represents
the future of the Kia brand and its dynamic vehicles that speak to our
core philosophies," said Tom Kearns, chief designer of KMA. "Kia
strives to appeal to the emotional side of car enthusiasts who seek
adventure and want to take a leap into the future with style and
advanced technology, and the KOUP effectively delivers."
appeal begins with the KOUP's balanced proportions and fluid design.
From the tab-shaped and purposeful upper grille to the high-tech and pragmatic headlamps, the front fascia's form gives the vehicle a bold and aggressive stance.
KOUP features an uncomplicated yet dynamic wedge shape along its sides
stemming from its glowing, carbon fiber and black chrome enhanced LED
While the KOUP's overall form is
simple and precise, it makes a design statement with positive tension
created by a "swoosh" that swoops from the "C" pillar forward, down to
the "A" pillar and flares all the way back around to the rear deck lid.
A trailing horizontal lip along the deck lid tapers up toward the outer
ends to meet up with the swoosh from the beltline. The rocker sill has
a distinctive "check mark" shape and prominent wheel flares that give
the KOUP a strong, lowered stance. The short overhangs and wide stance
reflect its well-balanced and responsive character.
No element of high-style design
is missing in the KOUP concept as illustrated by its
greenhouse-integrated, panoramic-view glass with two panels extending
from the windshield through the roof to the backlight, appearing as two
parallel pieces of glass – similar to a fighter jet cockpit.
Segregating the glass panels, an interior mood light runs the full
length of the greenhouse.
To further the performance-inspired appearance with sporty elegance,
carbon fiber enhancements accent the KOUP's chin spoiler, lamp lenses,
cowl panel, side-view mirrors, rear bumper insert and rear diffuser,
while flashy twin wheel spokes include carbon fiber inserts paired with
an open design to show off the Brembo® calipers and cross-drilled
Inside the Cockpit
artfully and with graphic precision, the KOUP's interior hones in on
the desires of auto enthusiasts from the inward lean of the dashboard
and Supervision instrument panel, enhancing the performance-inspired
driving experience to the custom-designed, race-inspired steering wheel
in front of a three-gauge instrument cluster. Carbon fiber accents on
the shifter plate and seat tilt-adjust mechanism reinforce sporty
Audiophiles and car enthusiasts
alike will take heed of eight speakers, including large rear deck
speakers matched to a juke box audio system, further harmonizing the
driving experience. A built-in Bluetooth®-enabled navigation system
with Map On Demand (MOD) is just the beginning of the telematics
The KOUP features a realistic
interior design that integrates high-style materials, including rich
and supple seat fabrics accentuated with concrete- and black-color
trims. As a true driver's car, the front seats contrast the rear seats with
opposing colors and patterning and horizontal, padded silicone bars
occupy the seat backs for extra comfort. High-tech details are
integrated into the interior, including convenient smart key with push
button start, and a six-speed automatic transmission with steering
column-mounted paddle shifters.
by a commanding 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged engine producing 290
horsepower paired with a GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) twin scroll
turbocharger for greater power and efficiency, the KOUP delivers
astonishing torque of 289 lb-ft at a low 2,000 rpm sustained to 4,000
rpm. By injecting fuel directly into the cylinder under high pressure
using the Kia GDI system, the intake charge is cooled and combustion
behavior is improved. Improved combustion assures excellent fuel
economy and low emissions. Lower grille openings enable additional air
intake for extra power.
Built on a front-wheel-drive
unibody frame, coil springs and stabilizer bars complement an
independent front suspension featuring MacPherson struts and an
independent dual link rear suspension to provide the optimal balance of
ride comfort and engine responsiveness. An engine-speed-sensitive,
power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system adds the finishing touch
for precise handling. In keeping with the KOUP's sporty essence,
Continuous Damping Control (CDC) for quick movements and sharp turns
paired with a sport-tuned, four-wheel independent suspension and strut
tower bar offer a tighter grip for more spirited driving.
KOUP concept features all of the standard safety features offered in
Kia's regular production vehicle lineup including six standard airbags
and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Electronic Stability
Control (ESC) paired with CDC helps to stabilize the KOUP for maximum
contact with the pavement. The large 245/40ZR19 tires complete the
KOUP's impressive package. Also included is adaptive front lighting and
cruise control, adding to the KOUP's advanced safety technology.
About Kia Motors America
Motors America (KMA) is the sales, marketing and distribution arm of
Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a
complete line of vehicles through more than 640 dealers throughout the
United States. For 2007, KMA recorded its 14th consecutive year of
record U.S. sales. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building
high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides
itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke
the Kia tagline "The Power to Surprise."