Kia was present at this year’s Chicago Auto Show and took the opportunity to reveal the Ray concept vehicle. The Ray is based on the Forte platform and measures 4,400 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,360 mm high and has a wheelbase that is figured at 2,700 mm in length.

The concept which is able to seat seat four utilizes a plug-in hybrid powertrain that is made up by a 1.4-litre Gamma GDI engine that outputs 153hp as well as a 78 kW electric motor. It uses a continuously variable transmission. The Ray is able to deliver 1,200 kilometers in terms of overall range and can travel for 80.5 kilometers on pure electric power.

Overall fuel consumption is figured at 1.2 litres per 100 kilometers which sounds very good. Key features on the Ray concept includes a “cool car” technology along with nano-laminate films and cool-glazing materials that reduce solar heat which can help keep the interior cool. This will then reduce air conditioning loads and subsequently greenhouse emissions.

It also has a drive-by-wire steering system, touch screen controls, Kia’s UVO voice and touch-activated controls and more. More images can be found after the jump.

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