We were hoping at this year’s Seoul Motor Show Kia reveals a preview of the new sports roadster they’re working on. But instead they are giving us this thing called Naimo which means square shape!
The Naimo is an electric vehicle and classifies as a zero-emissions, five-door, four-seater city car electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV), featuring a simple, solid and muscular. It does have some nice designer touches though, such as wrap-around windscreen and asymmetric sunroof, and the front and rear dot-style LED head- and positioning-lamps.
It also has a high-intensity air jet at the base of the windscreen that performs an ‘air wiper’ function instead if conventional wipers and cameras instead side mirrors.
Inside the hand-crafted cabin Korean oak is used to trim the interior door panels and the entire interior floor, Korean “Han-ji” paper is used for the head lining.The Kia concept also gets transparent organic light emitting diode display instrument panel and full connectivity, much like its Hyundai sister the Blue2.
In terms of power the Naimo has a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor backed by twin-pack 27 kWh battery with Lithium Ion Polymer technology. It has 80 kW (109 ps) and maximum torque of 280 Nm, top speed of 150 kph (93 mph), and a driving range of 200 km (124 miles) on a single charge. To enhance range, the showcar is fitted with special low-drag 20-inch diameter alloy wheels.
Like all other electric cars, charging the Naimo is a time consuming task as it takes five and a half hours. But using the quick recharging cycle (50 kW) the Naimo’s battery can be recharged to 80 percent of its capacity within 25 minutes.