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Kia KND-4 Concept (2007): first official pictures

Published: 10 April 2007

KND-4 concept: the lowdown

Kia has lifted the lid on its latest concept car, the KND-4 crossover. Painted in lime green paint and sporting deep-dished, 20-inch alloys, it’s not what you’d call subtle. There’s not much chance of seeing the KND-4 parked on your local Kia dealer's forecourt, though - this is very much a design project to showcase the company’s direction for its 4x4s. Like Mazda with the Hakaze, the KND-4 is aimed at outdoor and active types who fancy themselves as adventurers at the weekend, but want a car that turns a few heads when they head back to the suburbs.

Sounds awfully trendy. What’s under the bonnet?

The KND-4 is powered by 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit and comes with Active Torque Transfer to distribute the power between all four wheels depending on traction at each corner. The inside of the KND-4 is packed with technology such as an AMOLED (Active-Matrix, Organic Light Emitting Diode) display screen and Blu-ray, which can store tenfold the information that a DVD can. Although the KND-4 won’t be appearing on production lines it’s worth remembering, as future Kia SUVs are tipped to follow its styling direction. Watch this space.