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Kia's 147kW hot hatch

2004-09-27 07:46

The Kia Sport concept car is based on a forthcoming five-door hatchback version, code-named "JB", which will be launched in the first quarter of 2005.

Power for the Sport concept car comes from a special 2-litre, 147kW turbocharged engine driving the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.

The car features a wide air intake and front air-dam, linear grill graphics, sleek profile, prominent wheel arches, wide 18-inch diameter five-spoke alloy wheels, dual exhausts, sweeping rear lamp clusters, bold exterior color and a striking roof-top aerodynamic wing.

According to Kia the interior styling is very much driver-oriented. There is a mix of leather and metal creating a sporty look. Yellow and dark grey leather is featured on the seats, door trims and centre console.

Light gleams from the metal finish of the center fascia, with its satellite-navigation, DVD player and climate control, and from metal highlights on the gear selector, steering wheel, and center console.

The Kia Sport concept car is 4 150 mm long, 1 800 mm wide and 1 470 mm high, with a 2 500 mm wheelbase.

Kia says that a production version may be introduced in 2006.

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