Kia’s Naimo electric concept car made its global debut at the Seoul Motor Show today. The crossover concept, which takes its name from the Korean word “Ne-mo”, (pronounced ‘Neh-mo’, meaning ‘square shape’), is the third electric vehicle design to be unveiled by Kia in the past year, and explores the practicalities of introducing a zero-emissions, five-door, four-seater city car in the future.

It’s powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor developing 107 hp and 280 Nm, offering the Naimo a top speed of 150 kph. A twin-pack 27 kWh Lithium Ion Polymer battery, located under the boot floor, gives the vehicle a driving range of 200 km on a single charge. To enhance range, the showcar is fitted with special low-drag 20-inch alloy wheels.

Under a quick recharging cycle (50 kW), the Naimo’s battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity within 25 minutes, while in a normal cycle (3.3 kW), a full charge can be obtained in five and a half hours.

Characterised principally by simple lines and a solid, muscular stance, the 3.9-metre long Naimo features a number of striking key details, such as a wrap-around windscreen and asymmetric sunroof as well as front and rear dot-style LED head- and positioning-lamps.

Exterior clutter has been kept down with a vengeance. For example, the Naimo doesn’t have traditional wiper blades on the windscreen; instead, it employs a high-intensity air jet at the base of the windscreen that performs an ‘air wiper’ function. Elsewhere, conventional door mirrors have been replaced with miniature cameras installed in the A-pillars.

The Naimo’s generous wheelbase, width and height (2,647, 1,844 and 1,589 mm respectively) plus the short overhangs ensure that the cabin provides exceptional head, leg and shoulder room for the occupants.

The concept car has no B-pillars and features rear-hinged rear doors to maximise easy access to the cabin, and a three-way split opening boot-lid allows versatile access to the load bay for varying luggage sizes.

Inside, the cabin has been designed to evoke a strong sense of tranquility and features hand-crafted materials throughout – Korean oak is used to trim the interior door panels and the entire interior floor, while Korean “Han-ji” paper is used for the head lining. Mixing it up with these traditional elements are modern features such as a transparent organic light emitting diode display instrument panel and full connectivity.

Gallery after the jump.

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