Kia Motors has revealed its most extreme SUV yet, which is designed to shuttle skiers up and down slopes using wild triangular tank tracks.The Sorento Ski Gondola is designed with custom storage on the roof and suicide-style doors that let skiers easily enter and exit the cabin in their bulky gear.This concept SUV combines all-terrain capabilities and autonomous technology, allowing it to tackle the steepest hills in the toughest weather.Kia unveiled a range of concept designs at the SEM show in Las Vegas, which focused on autonomous driving and its potential role in sports and lifestyle activities – all with the purpose of freeing up time and space. And it seems the main event was Kia’s autonomous shuttle bus, the Sorento Ski Gondola
The radical design is fitted with bright LEDs and side-view cameras that let riders see around the vehicle, reports TopsSpeed.Both the front and rear doors open suicide-style, letting skiers step in and out with ease, and inside are jet black leather seats outlined in a neon orange that match the center of the military-style tank tracks.The B pillar has been removed from the car allowing the carmaker to swivel the front seats around to face the rear and the entire vehicle is controlled using a custom center console and tablet.And since this vehicle is designed for snow and ice, the floor is covered in a special weatherized rubber coating.Kia hasn’t forgotten about those who only come out to play in the warm weather.The car marker also revealed an sport concept at SEMA that fits the needs of triathletes, called Niro Triathlon. LGE-CTS Motorsports has transformed the Niro into a sporty ‘crossover-utility lifestyle vehicle’ complete with short pickup bed, reports New Atlas.
This design comes equip with a custom bike rack attached to the back hatch and a toolbox and tablet mount in the bed area.Kia envisions Niro, which is also autonomous, cruising along at the same paces as cyclists, all while tracking their speed, time and distance – which will be displayed on the tablet.The tablet can also be used for entertainment purposes while relaxing in the only seat in the car – it is a Human Touch zero gravity recliner.Suicide-style doors have also been added to this design, which also have holders on the side for bikers to keep their shoes Cyclists could choose from a range of modifications, including a portable shower built into the front door, a range of storage space and a 2-in suspension drop.
Although both the Ski Gondola and Niro would make outdoor actives even more exciting, they are both just concepts at the moment and it is not clear if it will ever get to trudge through the snow. That really is an off roader: Kia unveils concept car with triangular tanks tracks instead of wheels – and says it can drive on almost any surface. Kia unveiled a concept SUV focused on shuttling skiers up and down slopes in snowy conditions. It has custom storage on the roof, suicide doors and wild triangular tank tracks to travel over any surface. The Sorento Ski Gondola is autonomous and users control the vehicle via a tablet located inside the cabin. The firm also created a concept car for triathletes that is also autonomous and follow cyclists as they bike