New Kia KCD12 SUV concept set for Detroit motor show 2016 reveal

Published: 06 January 2016

► Kia previews luxury SUV concept
► Set to be revealed at Detroit show
► No production plans, yet

Kia has revealed a solitary preview image of a large luxury SUV concept that will be revealed at the Detroit motor show 2016.

It’s called the KCD12 and, outside of the teaser shot, details are few and far between. One thing that is evident in the picture are rear-hinged doors, but those would be unlikely to make it onto any production model.

Kia suggests that the KCD12 will be more upmarket than its other offerings, meaning it could sit alongside the flagship K9 saloon, which is badged as the K900 in America.

The KCD12 also bears, at a glance, more than a passing resemblance to the size and styling of the Volvo XC90, correlating with its premium intentions and suggesting it would offer seven seats.

The manufacturer says that it has no plans for the concept to be put into production yet, however. Instead, Kia will assess the reaction to the car and then decide if, and where, the production version would go on sale.

It’s likely that it would be destined for US markets, though. Consequently, it would likely be powered by a petrol V6, and V8 and hybrid options may also be offered. Rivals in that market would include large SUVs like the Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9.

More details will be published when the concept is revealed in full at the Detroit motor show.

Read more of CAR’s Detroit motor show coverage here.

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car