For at least five years now, the automotive industry has really started exploring the limits of autonomous driving technology. Recently, at the Chicago Auto Show, Kia showed how autonomous driving technology can be more than just getting you from point A to point B.
The first vehicle on the list is the Kia Sorento Ski Gondola. This amazing concept opens up a whole new world of skiing or snowboarding for extreme enthusiasts. Instead of wheels, this concept comes equipped with tank-like snow tracks that can tackle nearly any slope. It will bring you to the top, you hope out and ski down, and then it will follow you down and even lend you a hand if you get stuck.
Next on the list is the impressive Kia Niro Triathlon. Training to be a triathlete can be an arduous task, but this Kia Niro makes it better than ever. The concept comes equipped to carry all of the necessary equipment. Then, the Niro can light up a path with laser LED lights that illuminate a bike lane behind the vehicle. When you reach the end of your training, climb aboard and relax in the Human Touch zero gravity reclining chair while the Nero drives you home.
These are just two of the three concepts Kia put on display in Chicago. Here at Gossett Kia, we think the Niro Triathlon is pretty incredible.
One of the hottest cars to roll across the stage at the recent Chicago Auto Show was the 2017 Kia Niro. Kia calls it a hybrid utility vehicle. A sharp-looking crossover with roof rails and rear skid plate, the Niro certainly exudes a utility vibe.
The 2017 Kia Niro also looks distinctly like a Kia and this is a very good thing. Kia’s signature honeycomb mesh grille adorns the front end while clean lines and economy of design complete the picture.
2017 Kia Niro
The 2017 Kia Niro offers Prius-like economy. But in a number of ways, it outdoes the popular Toyota model. It has a nicer cargo area, plus tons of torque—195 lb-ft in fact. That’s considerably more than the Prius.
The 2017 Kia Niro is the latest entry among the EcoDynamic Kia lineup that the automaker has committed to making. In fact, Kia has plans to roll out 20 EcoDynamic models by 2020. If they all have as much spirit and appeal as the Niro, the automotive market is in for a treat.
Current Kia Optima Available at Gossett Kia!
Kia pulled out all the stops for this year’s SEMA show. The 2015 Kia SEMA lineup will feature some of the sharpest and innovative designs on the market, including the Custom A1A Optima.
According to Kia, the new Kia A1A Optima is meant to shock car enthusiasts with its exclusive styling. It includes things like a roofless bodystyle, backwards-hinged doors (aka suicide doors), and bright teal paintwork. Twenty-inch bright chrome wheels and lowered coilovers are also included.
“The A1A Optima takes inspiration from the iconic Florida A1A highway by letting the sunshine in and taking the all-new 2016 Optima in a new direction with its sliced top, shortened windshield and room for four,” said Kia in a press release.
Under the hood of the A1A is a 242-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is paired with a high-performance exhaust, giving drivers incredible speed and acceleration. Although there is no news about Kia putting this custom model into production, we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will become more than just a concept model.