2011 Kia Soul ie:3 Concept

Johnson Controls may not be a name that’s familiar to a lot of you, but their products almost always end up staring us right in the face at times when we don’t even realize it.

As a supplier of interior technology, Johnson Controls holds a certain cache that not of us even realize. That’s why it was especially cool to see the company attend the Detroit Auto Show with a hollow shell of a Kia Soul with all their goodies dressed up in the interior.

Called the ie:3 Concept, the vehicle consists of Johnson Controls’ latest technological features that are designed to have three main benefits: delighting buyers, giving automakers an opportunity to be different from each other, and improving their own sustainability.

Among the features found on the ie:3 – ‘IE’ stands for Inspired Efficiency – include single-piece stamped seats that are ergonomically designed to save space. The company also has features new FaserTac seat pads made from natural fibers.

That’s only the beginning, too.

Hit the jump for more details on the Kia Soul ie:3 Concept.

The concept’s interior also has a headliner that serves as a large speaker, freeing up more space where the door-mounted speakers are usually located. Then there’s the Human Machine Interface, which features a transparent heads-up display that boasts of a 6.5-inch transreflective display with another 8.8-inch central display that can be controlled through a number of ways: a touch interface or a controller mounted on a sliding rail that can be found between the car’s two front seats. Complementing the whole package is the unique LED lighting that further enhances the car’s overall interior ambiance.

We’ve touched on the interior without even delving into the drivetrain Johnson Controls put in: a 23-kWh lithium ion battery pack that sits beneath the floor and is estimated to carry a range of 100 miles.

Those interior upgrades and still, Johnson Controls managed to increase the space of the Soul’s interior. Call that mighty impressive, to say the least.


16 comments:

I’m so impressed with the spacious interior of the concept of this Kia, for me the design is so simple but had a quality that really an awesome.

This concept is really an impressive one! I love it for having a spacious and so comfortable interior design. Anyone would love to have a car like this.

I’m so impressed with the spacious interior of the concept of this Kia, for me the design is so simple but had a quality that really an awesome.

Well, with all the features that they have listed here, this one is certainly looking to be quite a ride. It’s just too bad that this one is just a concept. It would be better if Kia gets this one built.

I think the interior design is consist of latest technological features that i can say a very inspiring model type of car, The whole package is well complimenting that surely brings satisfaction of owner of this car.

Its certainly a good model type car,The interior design upgrades is so cool that contains a wide and convenient space to drive you so well.

This car is a winner! Just after knowing about the concept of the car.
I guess this car would be a big hit especially when the price is right. I just do hope that the come up with better name of the car.

It is pretty cool by the way,but it looks so uncomfortable seating inside,there is limited space.

Complementing the whole package is the unique LED lighting that further enhances the car’s overall interior ambiance

The auto supplier says that the features bundled into the ie:3 will be ready for the 2015 model year.

A lack of cabin space. The concept made its world debut Monday at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and its features will be ready for the 2015 model year, said the auto supplier.

No room for luggage... i see some Toyota inspiration in this one!

Unfortunately I do not see this car to well in a crash, considering there is no B ar... or that is for the design presentation only?

Very well designed interior, simple yet beautiful and stylish, however I cannot see any clear exterior look!

no they just removed the B ars and the door for us to see the interior clearly. so what animal will they used for this commercial? the hamster again?

what do you mean by this picture? are they telling that the new should will be a gullwing? but it looks great with a gullwing style. but for sure it needs a hydraulic for the door to open easily.

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