Kia SUV Concept Teased

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Kia SUV Concept Teased

The 2016 North American International Auto Show, which is taking place in Detroit (and therefore also known as simply the Detroit Motor Show), gives manufacturers a forum to show off its latest ideas and designs.

The Kia Telluride concept could evolve into a flagship SUV for the brand. Most notably, this innovative vehicle marks Kia's first use of 3D-printed components.

Okay, so maybe it's not the first full-sized SUV in Kia's portfolio, bearing in mind the Kia Borrego that wounded up a discontinued failure. The rear doors are rear-hinged, but that's unlikely to be followed in the production version.

Moreover, the instrument cluster is entirely digital and it seems even the buttons on the steering wheel are also touch sensitive. Such tactile operation isn't new in the automotive world and the first-generation Opel/Vauxhall Ampera and its twin, the Chevrolet Volt, had a similar interface for most of the controls on the dash, not to mention Cadillac's embrace of the technology in recent years.

As for the KCD12 concept, it will be revealed in the flesh on January 11.

The press release mentions a "state-of-the-art-and-wellness technology", but I'm willing to bet we'll get to see some early on developments of Kia's recently announced DESIGN WISE technology.

 

The NAIAS 2016 exhibit is called Telluride and is a large SUV with a futuristic interior.

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