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New Kia Futuron Concept has a 360-degree core

Kia has introduced a concept car that gives a hint at what future SUV design will look like.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia Motors is giving a hint of its future electric vehicle design with the debut of the Kia Futuron Concept, an all-wheel drive high-riding hatchback that they're calling a "sports car on an SUV platform."

The automaker choose the name of the vehicle because it's a portmanteau of the words future and on. They say that it will help give consumers an idea of what to expect from Kia in the future. Looking closely, it's likely that many hallmarks of this concept car will play out in future Niro designs and in a forthcoming subcompact SUV that is related to the Hyundai Venue.

Kia Futuron Concept side The high-riding coupe has sleek lines and a sophisticated overall aesthetic.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

With the design, Kia is emphasizing elegant proportions rather than funky characteristics like what you'll find in their Soul. Sweeping lines that flow from front to rear are common in modern concept vehicles and this is no exception. Kia's designers were drawn to the 360-degree styling because of its flowing shapes that easily move from the exterior to the interior, expanding and contracting.

The face of the car has a new interpretation of Kia's tiger nose grille, with a wide opening across the front of the car. That grille incorporates LED headlamps with a distinct light signature.

Kia has given the Futuron Concept an all-electric powertrain with all-wheel drive. It has a high-capacity battery (no exact numbers are available) and in-wheel electric motors.

Kia Futuron Concept top roof It features a panoramic glass roof.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The interior of the model features leaned back seats that allows for an "interactive driving experience suitable for urban city environments." The two front seats are made out of flexible materials that offer seating flexibility in the vein fo what first-class passengers would find on an airliner.

Its roof has diamond-shaped panoramic glass. Inside the greenhouse is a network of LiDAR sensors capable of Level 4 autonomous driving features.

Kia Futuron Concept seats Kia has given the SUV unique seating that is meant to provide first-class comfortability.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia touts the car's seamless cockpit area that features the instrument cluster wrapped in harmony with the rest of the car's audio and visual displays and through the steering wheel.

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And all-electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado is on the way.

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Earlier this year, General Motors very quietly teased its forthcoming electric full-size pickup truck. Today, the automaker is giving us a closer look with a new teaser video.

The video accompanies an announcement that says that the Silverado electric pickup will be built at the company's Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. The Silverado electric vehicle (EV) will be built alongside the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV, which debuted this weekend.

GM has designed the Silverado EV to be an electric vehicle from the ground up, riding on the company's Ultium Platform and keeping Silverado's capability in focus. The automaker says that the truck will offer more than 400 miles of all-electric range on a full charge.

The company confirms that retail and fleet versions will be offered.

"The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles," said General Motors President Mark Reuss. "The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and Chevrolet will take everything Chevy's loyal truck buyers love about Silverado — and more — and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike."

What will it be called? The teaser photo GM released was labeled "Silverado E". Stay tuned for confirmation on the name.

GM plans to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025 and earn EV market leadership in North America. With the company's Ultium Platform, virtual development tools and technology, GM has reduced vehicle development times by nearly 50 percent to just 26 months.

The GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and Cruise Origin will also be built at Factory Zero. Reports indicate that a forthcoming Cadillac Escalade BEV could also be built there and be ready for dealerships around the same time as the Hummer EV SUV.

To ready for its new products, GM has invested $2.2 billion in a complete renovation and retooling at the historic GM manufacturing facility. The project is the largest ever for a GM manufacturing site. The plant's paint and body shops and general assembly area are receiving comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. The plant has expanded to over 4.5 million square feet.

Late last year General Motors revealed details about many of the new electric vehicles it has in the pipeline.

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The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV is set to arrive on U.S. lots in the spring of 2023.

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When it debuted over the weekend, GMC promised that the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV would be packed with "tactical technology". Today, the company is giving a more in-depth look at what technologies you can expect to see in the SUV when it finally makes its way to U.S. dealerships in early 2023.

"GMC's Hummer EV SUV offers an exceptional balance of on-road performance and off-road capability, enhanced by a unique structure that allows for our signature open-air experience," said Al Oppenheiser, Hummer EV chief engineer. "New features debuting on the SUV reinforce its role as a tactical tool in almost any situation."

Among the new technologies are trail mapping, an available Power Station generator, Extract Mode, and CrabWalk. They combine with the Hummer EV SUV's dimensions, which make off-roading hospitable, to create a compelling vehicle, at least on paper.

Satellite-rendered trail mapping

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV

Photo courtesy of GMC

Think of this tech as trail navigation plus energy monitoring all in one. The redesigned myGMC app allows users to plan and navigate off-roading adventures while keeping an eye on charging locations and their distances fro off-road locations. This all results in a community-based energy forecast. Routes and plans can be downloaded from the app on the driver's phone and projected on the vehicle's infotainment screen to be used while driving.

"It's technology that adds to the Hummer EV's immersive driving experience," said Mike Colville, senior manager for EV complex feature integration and execution. "More than simply locating a destination, we help you find an epic one, create an EV-unique navigation experience when you get there and allow you to share your trip with others."

Once pushed to the in-vehicle system, the Hummer EV SUV's 13.4-inch infotainment screen and 12.3-inch driver information display share the appropriate information in the correct places for easy use.

Cameras everywhere 

From the same company that brought you 15 different camera views in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado comes the available technology known as UltraVision. UltraVision offers 360-degree high-definition views with 14 camera views standard and up to 17 camera views the available underbody cameras that come on the Extreme Off-Road Package.

Selective power allocation

The Hummer EV SUV is nine inches shorter than the Hummer EV pickup. That allows it to be more maneuverable, with a turning circle of just 35.4 feet and four-wheel steer. That turning circle is tighter than what the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Toyota RAV4 offer.

The SUV's platform allows for 13 inches of suspension travel while climbing up to 60 percent grades, scaling 18-inch verticals, and fording water more than two feet deep. To do this, the Ultium drive system is able to allocate all the SUV's power to one wheel or split it between several.

This power allocation ability also enables the SUV's CrabWalk mode. Standard on 2X, 3X, and Edition 1 models. CrabWalk enables diagonal drive functionality.

Extract Mode

GMC is touting the Hummer EV SUV's adaptive air suspension with Extract Mode. Though details are scant on what Extract Mode may entail, the general thought around the industry is that it will be something similar to Mercedes-Benz's Free Driving Assist. That Merc tech is an off-road mode that helps drivers get free when they've managed to get their SUV stuck in sand or mud via a bouncing effect.

An onboard power generator

GMC will offer the Hummer EV SUV with generator technology that is similar to what Ford already offers in the F-150. The available Power Station generator enables 19.2 kilowatts of AC charging, generator functionality (120v/25A/3kW), and ability to charge other EVs (240v/25A/6kW). The Ford model's Pro Power Onboard system offers 7.2 kilowatts of charging capability. Earlier this year, theHyundai Ioniq 5 was teased with similar technology.

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