Kia Pop concept car revealedAll-electric city car will debut at Paris show
18 August 2010
Kia has released images of an all-electric city car concept – it’s called the Pop and it is heading to the Paris motor show.
Although we have five official images of the Kia Pop, the Korean carmaker is so far keeping very quiet about details. This is what we do know:
Few official details
The concept is electric only, meaning zero emissions on the move, and is less than three metres long. In spite of this, the funky – and very purple – interior is said to have space for three occupants. We’re guessing they may need to be very close friends.
Officially that’s it so far – though more information is promised ahead of the Paris motor show in early October, where the Pop gets its public debut.
Concept to reality?
However, given Kia’s recent history of turning concept cars into reality – the Kia Soul and the Kia Venga are primary examples – it is possible that we are looking at the basic design for a future Kia compact city car.
Much of the detailing is unlikely to make production, but the overall silhouette could be a good clue to the shape of a future sub-Picanto model – though the Picanto itself is due for replacement soon.
Toyota iQ rival?
The Pop looks like an obvious rival to cars such as the Toyota iQ and Smart ForTwo.
If this is the case, while electric-only propulsion is a possibility, we would expect to see a combustion engined Pop hit the showroom floors first – perhaps even as early as next year.
Which? Cars will bring you more details of the new Kia Pop electric city car concept as soon as we have them.
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