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Detroit show: Kia super-sizes SUV concept
Greenie: Kia’s mystery large SUV concept was designed in California and thought to be aimed at North America.
Mega-SUV concept for North America to headline Kia’s Detroit show reveals
6 January 2016
KIA will use the Detroit motor show to reveal a concept SUV that is likely to
herald the largest production passenger vehicle in the Korean company’s history.
The concept – cloaked in what looks like a green anodised finish – is a
full-sized premium-SUV primarily aimed at the North American market where it is
expected to take on rivals such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Bronco.
No name has been suggested, but it could adopt the Mohave moniker used on a
smaller ladder-chassis SUV in South Korea.
Designed at Kia’s California design studio, the big wagon will sit above the
current largest SUVs in the Kia range, the global Sorento and American market
However, Kia sources suggest the vehicle is unlikely to be built in right-hand
drive, meaning it is off the agenda for Australia.
In its short blurb with the single teaser photo, Kia says the concept will
offer “an abundance of advanced technology, including state-of-the-art
health-and-wellness technology”. This is likely to mean systems such as heart
and temperature monitors.
It says the vehicle also will take Kia's design language in a bold new
direction, “suggesting styling of a possible future premium large SUV in the
So far, Kia has not given any hints of timing, but it is unlikely to surface in
In Australia, Kia is set to a big start to the year with the launch this month
of the all-new Sportage, followed within weeks by the new baby car, the
Picanto, and new-generation Cerato.