Kia Teases Fullsize SUV Concept Before Detroit Auto Show
“Premium Large SUV” Could Presage Kia’s New Styling
Kia showed a teaser image of one of its concept cars today, revealing a few details of the company’s new styling direction as manifest in a premium fullsize SUV. Set to debut on January 11 at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the unnamed concept will preview the Kia design language’s “bold new direction.”
The concept certainly looks imposing, based on the shadowy image Kia released with a brief statement. Straying from the current trend of fastback SUVs, the concept has a big, upright greenhouse and tall hood. Without many details to guess from, the Kia looks to take a few elegant styling cues from the Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. There’s also some clear Kia Borrego DNA in the beltline.
Show-car features include reverse-opening rear doors and a particularly glitzy yellow-green paint job. A large chrome vent mounted low on the front fender looks like it’s there to promote brake heat extraction, but we doubt it does anything but clutter what might be an otherwise clean design. Huge wheels likely measure at least 22 inches, with a blocky design that echoes the rollers of a Bentley.
The California-designed Kia concept will also feature “an abundance of advanced technology,” including health and wellness features. We’ve no idea what that means, but we hope there are shiatsu massagers in the seats and an essential-oils diffuser in the glovebox or something.
No word on what powers the concept, but it’s likely it will share a platform with Hyundai’s new Genesis-branded large SUV, possibly using the Genesis G90 sedan’s 420hp V-8 engine. We’ll know more next week.