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First Look: Kia KV7

Kia tests the waters with a new minivan show car.

by on Jan.11, 2011

Kia hopes a production version of the KV7 concept will help it move into the still substantial minivan market.

Are minivans back in vogue? Maybe, maybe not. But Kia is testing the waters with the KV7 Concept that it unveiled in Detroit at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

The boxy KV7 has the same squared-off profile as the Ford Flex “people mover,” albeit with a bit more rounded front end. The styling will be polarizing to some, and Kia seems to be aware of this: They say they are “embracing the box,” as they try to bring some elements of the SUV experience to the minivan segment.

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The KV7 offers a lot of glass space in order to give passengers a panoramic view of the outside world, and its dimensions put it in line with most other minivans. But as with most concepts, it primarily exists as a design study – at least for now.