Kia 's HabaNiro 'everything car' is the wackiest EV crossover

18 April, 2019, 05:43 | Author: Regina Silva
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While Kia says it'd probably be categorized as a crossover if you must give it a label, the company actually prefers to think of it as an "ECEV" or "Everything Car Electric Vehicle".

Kia filled its press release for the HabaNiro concept with so much bombast hoisted aloft by adjectives and acronyms that we don't know what to make of the actual concept. But this is no fanciful supercar that will likely never be built, but a prescient look into the future of mobility where automobiles will seamlessly integrate design, capability, usefulness and creativity.

Other unique features include contrasting red aero panels and butterfly wing doors which open to reveal a four-seat interior.

Stepping past its "scissor-like" butterfly doors, HabaNiro occupants are treated to a seriously futuristic cabin devoid of restrictive, rectangular screens and archaic knobs and buttons. A full-width heads-up display on the windshield provides all the necessary info, projected from an instrument panel that doubles as a touchpad with "Sensory Light Feedback". Technical Option Sharing System (TOSS) allows users to swipe and move vehicle options across the HUD screen as though moving chess pieces.

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You can also sign us up for demos of the "Perimeter Ventilation System", which "quietly and evenly blows curtain of air throughout the cabin" and sounds like what you get on a Greyhound. The Lighting Color Effect (LCE) can be dimmed or brightened, and the hue can be modified to impact the mood of the interior environment.

An eye tracking and emotion reader, shown at CES, follow the driver and judge their emotional state. But when a human needs to drive. well, we need to see it in action. It'll also monitor your vitals to adjust the driving experience.

The HabaNiro concept made its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday and is meant to convey a similar message.

Inside the HabaNiro concept, it's a tale of two vehicles. Maybe not today, but the future is an exciting place and Kia is ready to lead the automotive industry into this spicy world of possibility.

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