By on January 6, 2016

Detroit Concept Teaser #1

Kia teased Tuesday a “future premium large SUV” it has in mind for the North American International Auto Show next week.

The gold-colored SUV is heavy on promises and short on details. According to the automaker, the concept is fitted with “state-of-the-art health-and-wellness technology,” but no word on powertrain.

So does that mean it’s powered like a “Flintstones” car, or something?

We’re guessing that it’s Genesis-sized, but that’s just a guess. Kia has a 3.8-liter V-6 and a 5-liter V-8 in the bag, so power would likely come from one of those options.

We’ll have to wait to see what the official specs are when the concept is unveiled next week. But we’re not going to work out in it, if that’s what Kia has in mind.

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38 Comments on “Kia Has A Big Luxury SUV Bound For Detroit...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “state-of-the-art health-and-wellness technology,”

    Comes with Band-Aids in glove box.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    NX guy forgot to turn off zebra stripes?

    • 0 avatar
      Skink

      What with the foil paint/wrap and the gigantic chrome wheels, it looks like a Christmas tree ornament.
      Epiphany is the traditional day for taking down the Christmas decorations. That was yesterday.

      This vehicle does seem to promise better outward visibility than has been the trend. I’m eager to see more of this one.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        It seems some people do not understand photography and lighting. Even if this is just a rendering (CGI) physics is still correctly modeled.

        This may be a “foil wrap”, but if a set of neon tubes is in the right place above or behind the camera, those stripes would be the correct reflection.

        • 0 avatar
          Skink

          Yeah, foxy, I understand that what you call stripes are reflections of lights or images. Didn’t suggest otherwise. What’s lost on some, apparently, is the degree of reflectivity. A normal metalflke paint would be more diffuse in its reflectivity, in the way a metalflake silver paint compares to chrome. The green surface on this vehicle appears to have a foil like degree of reflectivity. We’ll see soon enough when more photos show up.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    The CUV pie I being being fractionalized by more and more players AND models and will ultimately (sooner) see per unit margins under intense pressure as the number of models in this segment doubles, then triples, from 2004 to 2014, and from 2014 to 2020, respectively.

    And the Chinese (whether badged as a Buick or something else) haven’t even gotten started yet, but they are on the way.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Well people are moving away from sedans, so the actual pie should get bigger. Also, all these CUVs share platforms with other vehicles. For example, the new GM D2XX platform will have the Cruze/Astra/Volt/Envision/Verano/Equinox/Terrain on it.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        The pie is not growing at the same % it once was, while the number of CUV entrees from the perspective of both manufacturers (who previously had none or few to offer) and models (now proliferating like rabbits) is outpacing that pie growth %.

        Also, the “buy a monthly payment” lease intensive model the automakers have shifted to ramp up sales will finally see adverse blowback beginning this year as “pre-owned” 2 to 3 year old, low mileage vehicles begin to flood the used vehicle market, thus depressing used AND new vehicles prices, forcing manufacturers to ramp up incentive spending significantly, lasting through 2020 at minimum.

        We’re entering a consumption/debt overhang period.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          Well the consumption/debt overhand is happening without CUVs.

          It’s all about platform volume and average transaction price. That’s why you are going to see some auto companies have only two car/CUV platforms.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      We’ll soon hit the ceiling of every company having a CUV in all four sizes.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Also, they tried this already with the Borrego and the Veracruz (Hyundai), and whatnot. They can’t just jump into the premium game unless they’re going to sell it at a big discount.

    Also – uhh throw it under Hyundai and the Genesis name first. At least there’s a -little-bit of luxury cred there.

    Their only larger and good SUVs have been rebadged Mitsubishi models. But not like they’re going to do that anymore.

    • 0 avatar
      ppxhbqt

      This most likely WILL also be sold as a Genesis, as a QX and LX competitor, and remember those vehicles are sold as Nissans and Toyotas. Remember also that the Borrego is still around as the Mohave in many markets and is now past due for a replacement.

      On what planet has Hyundai or Kia ever sold a rebadged Mitsu SUV of any size?

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        The planet of earth, in South Korea and other markets.

        Terracan
        Galloper

        Terracan still in production today in China.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          CoreyDL,
          I do believe the Terracan and Sorento were built using the same chassis/drive train combo.

          The actual chassis for these vehicles was developed by Kia. Believe it or not at the time the Terracan/Sorento were being developed Kia was the world’s second largest producer of military vehicles.

          The chassis for the Terracan and Sorento were an adaptation of one of these military platforms.

          The orignal 3.5 V6 was built by Hyundai, which was a Mitsubishi engine. The engine was used in the NJ Pajero. They were actually a good engine but with the 2.2 tonnes of Sorento weight they were not the most economical.

          The Sorento was voted the best SUV 4×4 in 2004 as well.

          I owned one and so far it has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. I had the one with leather, moon roof and the rest of the bling.

          I would like to see Kia produce this SUV as a SUV and not a CUV, ie, 4hi and 4lo. I would like to see it with at least a 3 litre diesel as well.

        • 0 avatar
          ppxhbqt

          Corey,

          Please pardon my jingoism regarding the Galloper; mea culpa. Most sources list the Terracan (and possibly Sorento) as derived from the Pajero’s chassis on a licensing basis, not just a rebadge. From reading the reviews, it sounds like both were fine off roaders, but lacking in tarmac manners and of course the Mitsu-derived boat anchor Sigma V6 wasn’t competitive in power or economy.

          Al,

          Since the Terracan preceded the Sorento by two years, I have to say seems unlikely Kia did any work on the Terracan.

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        The Genesis brand will be getting 2 crossovers.

        Kia already had put out a luxury crossover concept a couple of years ago (Cross GT), so this likely will be the Kia version of the Genesis-based CUV – which will join the next gen K900 and production version of the GT in Kia’s luxury lineup.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    By the time Clueless Cadillac has more than 1 (STD) CUV on showroom floors, the market is going to be oversaturated with CUV offerings, with the same trend of “why buy Cadillac XTS when the LaCrosse or Impala are as comfortable and 2/3rds to 1/2 the price OTD?” then affecting CUVs, also.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Looks like a midsize CUV, maybe they used the wrong photo?

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    Could be uglier/ more generic than the Borrego, if that’s possible.

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      I gotta disagree – when they stayed away from the time-period correct alt-color fender flares, the Borrego had a subtle sense of style. Very durable as well. They hold their value on the used market pretty well.

  • avatar
    GermanReliabilityMyth

    Luxury is so overplayed and over saturated. It seems like everything has to have luxury aspirations, even stuff that belongs on Pimp My Ride.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    It will have a better build quality over the pos Cadillac Escalade.

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    CUV or SUV? It’ll work either way, methinks.

  • avatar
    SlantSix

    60K but available for 40K with incentives?

  • avatar

    Blood Pressure Monitor? Aromatherapy?

  • avatar
    GermanReliabilityMyth

    I should clarify my earlier post. Luxury is the last resort for a manufacturer who is lazy, out of ideas or both. Instead of developing a manufacturing process for higher quality vehicles or coming up with innovative ideas, they pass this schlock off on us. More engine, more ride height, more Pep Boys (depending on how that goes) and more MSRP. Trying to promise plebs the chance to feel like high rollers with any vehicle in any brand’s lineup is uninspired.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Anyone think this might be the base platform for the Hyundai Santa Cruz?

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    I think it’s time for somebody to step forward and tell our government that a CUV is NOT a truck; it’s a car-based station wagon.

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