And you thought gullwing doors were just for supercars and time-traveling vehicles of the Back to the Future variety.

Korean automaker Kia is attempting to break that mold with the KV7, a crossover concept that uses the growing fad of gullwings by incorporating them into a vehicle that’s scheduled to make its debut at the North American Auto Show in January.

Details on the car will be revealed in the days leading up to the auto show, but the concept is just a small taste of what to expect from Kia – and to a bigger extent, it’s Korean brother from another mother, Hyundai – as it attempts to expand its line-up and do away with it’s old conservative perception. Moving forward, the KV7 is the first step in Kia’s attempt to release cars that put a premium on style and quality.

Though it’s scheduled to debut in concept form in Detroit, there’s no telling whether the production version – if it makes it there – will be identical to what the concept is going to look like. We’re not overly optimistic about it – especially those gullwings - but we still have to give credit to Kia for releasing production vehicles that first made headway as concepts. These include the Soul, the Sportage, and the Forte Koup, which bore some striking resemblances to their concept forms.

Nevertheless, Kia is poised to make a pre-emptive strike on the industry in 2011 with the KV7 Concept. It’s a good move for a brand that’s looking to make some serious headway in the coming years.

UPDATE 01/09/11: Days ahead of its major debut at the 2011 NAIAS, Kia has just revealed the first teaser photo of its new concept crossover, the KV-7. Not much can be derived from it except an image of what looks to be an oddly configured headlight with lights that look more like teeth. Apart from that we can also see one side of the front bumper that looks to have come with its own set of lights. Check it out in the gallery!

Short Press Release after the jump.

For the past several years Kia Motors’ design-led transformation has been delivering production vehicles – such as the Soul, Forte Koup and Sportage – that bear a very close resemblance to the original concept designs that preceded them. At the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Kia will make another dramatic design statement with the world debut of an all-new, convention-challenging concept vehicle named "KV7."

Further information will be released in early-January.

Source: Kia

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  (776) posted on 12.22.2011

The exterior design was great, but honestly, I don’t like the interior, especially the wooden flooring and the chairs is kind of cheap like the ones they used in fast foods.

  (539) posted on 09.29.2011

Very customized and very spacious, their optimistic mind helps them to reach this attempt. For me this really ideal and different.

  (419) posted on 05.18.2011

I really like how they did the doors on this one. Just take a look at it, it makes access into the car much easier, since there are more access points here.

  (534) posted on 05.11.2011

Well, It is incredible car made, Yet its like an awkward to used to get inside this car,maybe because natural made car has its own simplicity to make you feel comfortable.

  (398) posted on 05.5.2011

I think this car has a unique sort of style, And it revealed an incredible concept of model type of cars.

  (329) posted on 04.28.2011

Actually, I find this car almost perfect except for the safety feature! I really like the spacious in the passenger. I think it would be more comfortable to use this car for a long hour travel.

  (517) posted on 04.5.2011

Same here, I think KIA should be considering the safety of the passenger. However, I bet this car will sell like a hotcake if furnished well!

  (570) posted on 04.5.2011

I do believe that Koreans cars have never been surpassed the Japanese cars. As a matter of fact, i have read that Indian market is somewhat dethroning the Japanese when it comes to manufacturing cars.

  (474) posted on 03.29.2011

Yes, i have to agree on you guys. They need to plan extensively about the safety while inside the vehicle. But i think it would be so cool to have a more spacious on the passenger seat wherein I could move freely.

  (1211) posted on 03.28.2011

When talking about the space efficiency, I have to agree that Kv7 has it. But when it comes to the safety of the car i have a little doubt about it. So, where are they going to put the airbags and the seat belt? I haven’t seen any.

  (32) posted on 03.24.2011

This one is designed awesomely with a new look, but the specialty is its inner space...

  (31) posted on 03.24.2011

Hey this car is cool with a lot space inside to make ourselves comfortable...

  (506) posted on 03.24.2011

Yeah I agree with you guys, This car has a interior and a bit spacious. Although its a concept car I think they need to work on the safety feature in case they will continue this on the production.

  (386) posted on 03.10.2011

I guess this is the new Viper! It look pretty good for me. Im just wondering who is better this or the Elise?

  (797) posted on 03.9.2011

KIA’s trying to find a similarities between the Scion and Ford Flex. And based on my opinion, the middle point of both cars is they don’t sell. So, I guess this new model does not belong to the exception!

  (559) posted on 03.9.2011

Nice floor! BTW, no matter how cool is that car, they should incorporate passenger safety. The chair don’t have a headrest and is there a seatbelt? And I don’t have
any idea where the airbags is going to deploy?

  (466) posted on 02.14.2011

My family of 5 can fit in this but that’s it. I would say that this is a perfect replacement for the Rondo but not the Sedan.

  (692) posted on 02.14.2011

I drive a Kia Sedona and I have no problems with it at all. I don’t see this a replacement for a mini van. A mini van needs cargo space for strollers, groceries and people.

  (410) posted on 02.6.2011

The style and the interior and exterior design on it really great,but it makes the car more useful if it has a lot of features that can be used for.

  (630) posted on 01.25.2011

But theoretically the KV7 would have no problem moving all of that glass around.

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