Vans used to be cool. People tricked them out. They had little perspex bubble windows and murals of sorcerers battling dragons on them. Then the minivan came along and nobody wanted them to be cool. Well, Kia thinks it’s about time to revive the awesome custom van, man. Check out the KV7.
Kia unveiled the KV7 van concept at the Detroit Auto show this year. It’s wicked cool looking, a shiny, sleek, and aggressive thing with lots of glass and squinty, annoyed headlights. And it has gull-wing doors, for chrissakes.
But the real awesome is inside. The KV7 has hardwood floors, four swiveling captain’s chairs, and a three-person bench/chaise lounge in the back. It has fold-down tables and three moon roofs. The dashboard also retracts six inches to give passengers more room for, you know, hanging out.
It also has two built-in touchscreen Internet-connected computers.
The KV7 may look futuristic, but is power train is downright contemporary. It employ’s Kia’s turbo-charged, direct-injection 2.0-liter inline four that’s good for 285 horsepower. The mill is mated to a six-speed autobox and, according to Kia, is good for 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
Chances are you’ll see a production version of the KV7 on the road. I mean, Kia pushed the Soul into production a just few minutes after they finished the show car. Sadly, the production version probably won’t have hardwood floors, bitchin’ yellow swiveling seats, and gull-wing doors.