Probably, sort of. Like most concept cars, the HabaNiro also promises level-five autonomy, intricate outward-opening butterfly doors, and a sci-fi interior with a foldable wheel. Shaped like a compact crossover or a large hatch, the HabaNiro is all electric and all-wheel drive, created to offer a range of over 300 miles along with a very futuristic (and very optimistic) Level 5 autonomous driving capability.
"We wanted this concept to be comfortable navigating city streets, carving turns on a coastal road and off-roading with confidence to remote wilderness adventures", said vice president of design at Kia Design Center America (KDCA) Tom Kearns.
Imagined and created at Kia's California design studio, the company calls it "The Everything Car". The latter extends into the grille which Kia says resembles a shark's snout complete with gloss black aluminum 'teeth'. A single character line reinforces the stance, while the electric architecture allowed designers to push the wheels to the further corner for a wide stance. Now its electric concept auto is the HabaNiro.
You can also sign us up for demos of the "Perimeter Ventilation System", which "quietly and evenly blows curtain of air throughout the cabin" and sounds like what you get on a Greyhound.
Michael Cole, Kia's COO and executive vice president, called the HabaNiro "a genius work of skill and imagination". And the patterned floor is lit with changeable mood lighting that "reflects onto surfaces within the cabin", which sounds like what you get in the club.
In fully autonomous mode, the HabaNiro's steering wheel and instrument panel retract to give more room for front occupants and media can be display on the head-up display.
Power for the e-AWD is supplied by two electric motors one at the front and one at the rear and the battery pack produces over 300-miles of range.
In a bit of a 1984-esque move, the HabaNiro uses Kia's Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system, which uses artificial intelligence and something called "biosignal recognition" to check out the driver's emotional state. "Not only does its attractive design incorporate the needs of future mobility, but its engineering and technology anticipate the way people will want to move in the near future". It'll also monitor your vitals to adjust the driving experience.
Kia acknowledges the assumption that this is just a design exercise but goes on to point out that the Stinger and the Telluride both started off as concepts that weren't intended for production. Butterfly doors. Been there, done that. Maybe not today, but the future is an exciting place and Kia is ready to lead the automotive industry into this spicy world of possibility.