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  Kia KCD-II Mesa Concept

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Country of origin:South Korea
Produced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:January 26, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionKia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the KCD-II Mesa, the second Kia concept vehicle developed by the Kia's California Design Center in Irvine, Calif. The Mesa represents Kia's vision of an enabling and exciting new SUV designed with the North American market in mind. Providing a North American vision on a potential new product segment for the company, the KCD-II is a modern, rugged body-on-frame SUV that features three rows of seats, dual full-length sunroofs and an expansive 116-inch wheelbase.

The Mesa's exterior styling is rugged, yet functional, and never compromises the practical utility offered in a large SUV. Designers pushed the imposing, custom-built 22-inch alloy wheels to the corners of the vehicle in an effort to maximize interior space while simultaneously creating stable, responsive handling characteristics.

The Mesa's balanced stance is a result of its stretched wheelbase and extra-wide track. The location of the wheels also provides dynamic stability on or off the road. The vehicle's athletic appearance is further enhanced by sheet metal sculpted to appear lean and taut between muscular fenders, which - stretched over the massive wheels - help to project a rugged demeanor.

The turret-style wrap-around windshield reveals a passenger compartment that offers maximum visibility from inside the cabin. The Mesa's high beltline also offers a sense of security and protection. Thick rear pillars add to the vehicle's robust appearance, and outwardly they appear to support the entire roof structure. In fact, the A- and B-pillars help distribute that support and occupant protection, providing a solid structure, along with its fully boxed frame, more than capable of withstanding the extreme bending and twisting inherent in off-road operation. The three-dimensional sculpting of the rear lift-gate further reinforces the vehicle's image of strength and solidity.

Always ready for active duty, the Mesa's functional exterior features center-pivoting alligator-style roof rack clamps capable of adjusting to hold objects up to 2.0-inches thick, such as skis, snowboards, surfboards, or even building materials from the lumber yard. The adjustable clamps also provide a flush appearance when not in use, and they are capable of carrying larger or heavier objects on top.

Algonquin retractable running boards provide easy access to the roof, and they provide a convenient step for vehicle ingress or egress. The running boards are electrically activated when a door is opened. Once the doors have been closed, the running boards automatically retract to prevent off-road damage and to avoid collecting snow or mud.

Rugged meets racy as the Mesa's functional exterior design gives way to a racing-inspired "Sunset Orange" interior that draws on Kia's off-road-racing heritage. From Paris to Dakar to Baja California, Kia established an over-achiever reputation for its performance in legendary off-road events, and the KCD-II Mesa capitalizes on that heritage with its simple, straightforward interior design.

The Mesa's interior is bisected by a central tunnel console that separates six bucket seats in three rows, providing each passenger with a sense of individual space. The scalloped center tunnel also serves as an armrest and storage compartment that is accessible to every passenger.

Dual full-length panoramic glass sunroofs provide a high ceiling over each of the Mesa's six passenger seating positions, providing occupants with a sense of freedom and spaciousness uncommon in even the largest SUVs on the market.

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