Kia teases a new SUV concept heading to NAIAS in Detroit image

We’re being swept away by the technological craze over at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas but on the other side of the US coast the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is also right around the corner.

Kia is keeping up on our toes with the release of a teaser depicting for the first time an all-new prototype set to make its official worldwide premiere during the North American International Auto Show on January 11th. Not much is said about the upcoming concept though this time around they allowed the image to speak for itself: we’re treated to a medium or large-size sport ute with extended fender flares, vertical taillights, as well as shiny five-spoke alloy rims. Looking through the magnifier we also noticed some front fender vents, metallic/chrome window surrounds and a subtle tailgate-mounted spoiler. The eye-catching paint job didn’t swerve our attention from the bespoke door handles, which hint at suicide rear doors.

According to the automaker, the concept’s design was penned by the company’s California design studio and thus we imagine taking the “design language in a bold new direction” will go hand in hand with a future North American availability of the production series model. Kia also promises an “abundance of advanced technology” such as interesting health-and-wellness features. While the automaker hinted at an approaching production version, there’s still no word on the powertrain. By the way, Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand has already confirmed its intention to deliver a complete roster that would include a big SUV so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kia got its own crossover version.