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  Kia KCD-1 Slice

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Country of origin:South Korea
Produced in:2004
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWhile some early crossover designs sacrificed either attractive styling or load-carrying ability, the KCD-1 Slice does neither. Instead the vehicle is as stylish as an international sport sedan, while seating up to six adults. In addition the flexible seats fold to offer cargo space or recline to give superior comfort, offering a number of variations for hauling people and stuff. At the same time, the vehicle's V-6 powertrain and aggressively tuned suspension will deliver the kind of performance in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations that most SUV buyers can only dream about.

With its distinctive silver-gray exterior accented with orange, the KCD-1 Slice presents the world with an optimistic face. The widespread, faired headlights and narrow grille flanking a tasteful badge give the vehicle an appealing visage. Viewed from the side, the Slice features a character line that extends from the front wheel arch to the rear wheel arch. At the same time the very fast windshield angle continues in one arc to form the roofline. A slight kick in the roof over the rear hatch opening gives the vehicle a sporty look. Other distinctive elements include a subtle, tapered indentation above the rocker panels and the bold dish-type wheels that emphasize the 'big wheel' look that helps give the design substance.

The KCD-1's elegantly simple rear end features high-mounted taillights, orange-accented bumpers and nerfs and curved rear glass. The hatch opens well out of the way so as to provide easy access to the handsome yet versatile interior. One of the key design elements in the KCD-1 Slice concept is its wide, pillar-less door openings. All doors are solenoid-operated, allowing for small, well-detailed pushbutton door openers in the window frames. The front doors are conventionally hinged, while the rear doors are hinged at the rear to provide a huge entryway into the vehicle.

Excellent interior ergonomics were part of the KCD-1 design parameters from the beginning. The car is a full six-passenger vehicle that doesn't sacrifice even third-row accommodations to styling considerations. Each seat can comfortably hold an adult, and to enhance comfort and convenience, all seat belts are integral to the seats, which makes them more convenient to use than pillar-mounted belts. The thin, furniture-inspired seatbacks feature rear 'friction pads' that line up with one another when the seats are folded, so the KCD-1 can hold a wide variety of cargo, including long items like 2 x 4s and skis.

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