Kia recently revealed the first image of its upcoming XCeed, a coupé-like crossover that’s set to slot in below the Sportage. And now the Korean automaker has shown off the new model’s digital instrument cluster.
Billed as the firm’s first fully digital instrument cluster, the 12,3-inch “Supervision” arrangement features a 1 920 x 720 px display.
It replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found in current Kia passenger vehicles. Between the two digital dials you’ll find a multi-function display, where the driver can view items such as turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information, phone calls and contacts, and in-depth trip information.
When the driver switches off the ignition, the cluster plays a short graphic of the vehicle in motion, and displays a summary of the drive (including time and distance driven, average fuel efficiency achieved and the estimated distance remaining).
Kia says its new Supervision instrument cluster will be offered as an option in the new XCeed, “depending on market and vehicle specification”. Derivatives not fitted with the option will instead use physical dials with either a 3,8-inch mono-LCD or 4,2-inch colour TFT LCD screen.
“Our new Supervision digital instrument cluster is one of a number of optional new technologies that will be available with the Kia XCeed,” said Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer at Kia Motors Europe.
“Boasting a wide range of features, particularly on higher-specification models, this cluster will play an important role in displaying critical information to the driver in a clear, unobtrusive way. It will be adapted for other Kia models in future, as we seek new ways to display useful and critical information to drivers on-the-move.”
Some variants of the XCeed line-up will be offered with a drive mode select system, allowing drivers to tailor the vehicle’s handling and performance characteristics (with normal and sport modes adapting steering, transmission and throttle responses). The digital instrument cluster adapts to each mode with a range of differentiated graphics.