Styling & Design
Opirus is the new pinnacle of the Kia range. It represents a significant new move for Kia Motors as the company introduces a top-of-the-range passenger car onto the international market for the very first time. Opirus will head the Korean brand´s renewed challenge to penetrate new markets around the globe.
A dominant feature of the Opirus´ styling is the assertive, trapezoidal, chrome-finish radiator grille. The large horizontal slats are angled slightly downward from the outside edges toward the bold vertical strut in the centre of the grille, continuing the line created by the leading edge of the bonnet and generating a sense of dynamic motion.
The radiator grille sits in an indentation scooped into the front bumper, standing proud of the scalloped nose that recalls aspects of classic European automotive design. From the A-pillars, two character lines on each side of the bonnet flow down to create this scalloped look. The major line gives the bonnet a sense of volume while the minor line gives the car a more elegant, streamlined look.
The grille is flanked by dual elliptical headlamps with their vertical axis angled slightly inward to match the line of the radiator. The minor character line from the bonnet comes down to wrap around the larger, outside headlamp while the major line encircles the smaller high-beam inner lamp.
The large front bumper curves around the side of the car, blending seamlessly with the wheel arch. A chromed accent strip on the corner of the bumper matches the line of the side moulding to harmonize with the rear. Beneath the front bumper is a wide air-dam featuring a single horizontal slat. On either side of the air-dam are elongated LED turn-signals that are both stylish and highly visible.
A single character line runs the length of the side view, emphasised by a wide chrome side protector. The chrome strip continues the line begun with the corner strips on the front bumper and unites them with a similar strip wrapping around the rear.
Otherwise, the side is smooth and rounded, with a sleek, streamlined finish. The play of light across the top of the door gives a sense of volume and space to the car. The door handles stand proud and are positioned over circular indents in the doors that echo the shape of the headlamps.
At the bottom of the car, understated character lines add emphasis to the lower part of the bumpers and highlight the slightly upswept front and rear profiles. A solid rib runs along the base of the passenger compartment, adding a sense of rigidity to the side view. The profile of the glasshouse is emphasised by black doorframes and a black B-pillar, which gives the impression of a single, tinted side window extending the length of the car.
A key element of Opirus´ distinctive appearance is the treatment of the C-pillar design which creates a strong, executive look, rounding off the passenger compartment and emphasising the fullness and spaciousness of the cabin. The sense of volume is further emphasised by the deep doors over shallow side sills, and the tall rear door which promises easy entry and exit. Side mirrors feature a body coloured trim.
Completing the side view are stylish 16 inch, nine-spoke alloy wheels fitted with 225 / 60 tyres.
Seen from the rear, the Opirus is equally distinctive. The boot lid is rounded and creates a smooth surface that extends across the rear of the car, complimenting the line of the rear windscreen.
Dominating the rear view are the tail-lights, which are split across the boot shut line. On the rear fascia are the brake lights and turn signals. Built into the boot lid are the reversing lights and rear fog lamps (ruming lamp in General market). The tail-lights are protected by a clear polycarbonate lens cover and embellished with jewel-like faceted detailing that imparts an upmarket appearance and a stylish, polished appeal. The circular motif on the brake lights echoes the elliptical headlamps.
The rear windscreen contains a built-in glass antenna, providing more refined vehicle aesthetics and giving the vehicle a more streamlined, aerodynamic appeal.
A chrome garnish around the rear license plate cut-out echoes the chrome protector that extends the entire width of the broad rear bumper. At the base of the bumper is a slightly indented character line that relieves the solidity of the rear end and completes the streamlined look of the car as a whole.
The interior design for the Opirus builds on the car´s stylish exterior. With full leather trim, it provides total comfort and refined looks in a package that also offers a full range of convenience features. The interior continues the same flowing lines that characterise the exterior of the vehicle, with gently curved surfaces and smooth edges and the wood-grain finish on the centre fascia, doors and steering wheel gives the interior a crafted look and feel. The interior is light and airy, thanks to the large expanses of glass, and will accommodate five adults in considerable comfort.
The dashboard extends in a single, broad arch between the A-pillars, creating a sill that shades the instrument cluster from glare. The four-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in leather with woodgrain inserts, with a chromed logo displayed prominently in the centre.
The broad central fascia is finished in a wood trim and brings forward the audio and climate controls, within finger-tip reach of the driver, without impeding the sweeping line of the dashboard. The automatic gear selector below the fascia features a polished top plate that adds a touch of flair to the interior and the centre console continues rearwards to incorporate a large storage box, topped by a high, padded armrest. The parking brake is operated by foot, freeing additional space on the centre console by removing the need for the customary hand-lever.
The door panels reflect the design of the rest of the interior and are highlighted once again with woodgrain trim, while the door handles are chromed. Seating, front and rear, looks sumptuous and supportive and is every bit as comfortable as it looks.