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Kia Teases New SUV Concept for 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Kia is set to unveil a new SUV concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Kia SUV Concept teaser 1 photo
The yet-unnamed SUV was designed at the brand’s California design studio and comes with many advanced features, the company announces in its brief press release. The vehicle seems to be the largest Kia SUV to date and paves the way for a potential SUV flagship for the South-Korean brand.

We expect the carmaker’s new SUV concept to feature the same “tiger nose” front grille and other design features seen on its recent models. What’s shocking about this exhibit is the color. It’s painted in a golden yellow that’s entirely unexpected of a Kia. Most likely, this shade won’t be available when the car comes to market.

Anyway, the bold color chosen for the concept only emphasizes the new courageous design direction that Kia intends to follow in the coming years.

Furthermore, we can’t help noticing the massive alloy rims fitted to this concept car, but we tend to believe that their availability is limited to the concept.

A closer look reveals the car’s unique door handles. Judging by their placement on the rear doors, Kia’s latest concept could have reverse-opening rear doors, also known as “suicide doors.” They could also slide to the back of the vehicle, although there’s no perceived evidence of the presence of the necessary rails to achieve this.

While the hood and front fenders seem pretty standard and show nothing out of the ordinary, what immediately catches our eye is the rear pillar. Its shape reminds us of the previous generation Toyota Land Cruiser, while the rake of the windshield is reminiscent of the current generation of the same model. This is a common occurrence in the field of SUV design, especially in a side view of the vehicle.

Considering all this, and with Peter Schreyer at the helm of the company’s design department, we can only expect good designs from this Korean brand and its sister, Hyundai. And if Mr. Schreyer isn’t in an inspirational mood, he accepts guidance from Luc Donckerwolke, the ex-design director for Audi, Bentley, and Lamborghini.

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