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Kia Novo Concept Car is a Sexy Compact Fastback Sedan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/2/2015 Karla Sanchez

Kia may have made us drool over the GT4 Stinger and the Sportspace concept, but it’s not done yet. The Korean automaker showed off another surprisingly sexy concept on its home turf, pulling the silk sheet off the Novo fastback concept at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show.

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Boasting a low-slung, coupe-like four-door body style, the Novo features familiar Kia styling cues, though they’ve been slightly tweaked to look more modern. The tiger nose grille up front resembles the one on the new Sorento, though it appears to have taken on more of a U-shape. Flanking the grille are newly designed headlights accentuated by powerful bulges on the hood, while side vents behind the front wheels emphasize the powerful and sporty look of the car. The transparent B-pillar and sloping roofline help create a sleek fastback look, and the shape of the truncated rear resembles the one on the GT4 Stinger sports car concept. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Inside, designers went for a minimalist design with a driver-focused cabin. The simplicity of the cabin is supposed to help create a calming, focused environment so that drivers can refresh and rejuvenate, since Kia says the Novo is aimed at “modern urbanites with stressful jobs and frantic schedules.”

While we may never see something like this make it to production, Kia says the Novo hints at the design direction of the brand’s next generation of compact vehicles. With a 1.6-luter turbo-four mated to a Kia's new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Novo could very well be a design study for the next-gen Forte. Kia says the word “Novo” comes from the Latin word “Novato,” which means “renewed” or “refreshed.” Do you think a renewed Forte should look something like this concept? MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Kia Novo Concept Car is a Sexy Compact Fastback Sedan

Check out the Kia Novo fastback concept in the photos below.

Source: Kia

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