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A small multipurpose vehicle with a dramatically designed windshield will be the star of Kia Motors Corp.’s exhibit at next month’s Geneva auto show.

Called the Kia No.3 Concept Car, it will be joined on the stand by a full-hybrid version of the Kia Cee’d small car.

The MPV concept features a unique windshield that extends further back above the passenger compartment than is typical, blending neatly with the vehicle’s panoramic glass roof. A diagonal support bar divides the two sections and makes for an unusual styling treatment.

The vehicle’s grille, headlamp and brand logo encompass what the auto maker says represents the new “face of Kia.” The MPV measures 159.3 ins. (404.5 cm) in overall length.

Sharing floor space with the No.3 Concept Car is a prototype Cee’d Hybrid that Kia will begin fleet testing in Europe. The car’s powertrain consists of Kia’s 1.6L Gamma 4-cyl. gasoline engine coupled with a 15-kW (20-hp), 77 lb.-ft. (105 Nm) electric motor and mated to a continuously variable transmission.

The full hybrid also utilizes Kia’s ISG (idle stop and go) system already available on Cee’d models throughout Europe.

The Cee’d Hybrid achieves 49 mpg (4.8 L/100 km) and limits carbon dioxide to 109 g/km, a 25% improvement from the standard 1.6L Cee’d, Kia says. Acceleration of 0-62 mph (100 km/h) is achieved in 11.8 seconds and top speed is 115 mph (185 km/h).

Kia already is offering the ISG system on all Cee’d body styles with either the 1.4L or 1.6L gasoline engines. The system improves fuel economy up to 15% in city driving, with the 1.4L posting a CO2 emissions rating of 137 g/km, Kia says.