Kia SUV Concept Previews Potential Borrego Successor

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Kia Telluride concept, 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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It wasn’t long ago that Kia had a large, rugged SUV in its lineup. The vehicle was called the Borrego (a Mohave in other markets) and offered for only a couple of years before being dropped back in 2010, having fallen victim to the twin effects of the global financial crisis and high gas prices. Now, the Borrego, or at least a vehicle like it, looks set to return.

Kia is yet to confirm plans for a new SUV positioned above the Sorento, currently the biggest high-riding model in the automaker’s lineup, but a new concept debuting at next week’s 2016 Detroit Auto Show will hint at what such a vehicle could be like.

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A single teaser shot released overnight gives us a taste of what’s to come. The concept appears to feature a bold, rugged design much like the previous Borrego. It also has traditional SUV elements such as the almost vertical tailgate and flared wheel arches.

What’s interesting is that Kia’s new upmarket sister brand Genesis is confirmed to be launching a large SUV later this decade. Should the reception to this new concept prove positive, it’s entirely possible—and financially sensible, from an investment spreading view—that we’ll see a Kia SUV twinned with the Genesis model.

The only information we have from Kia is that the vehicle was conceived at the automaker’s California design studio and packs loads of technology. Kia describes the technology as being “state-of-the-art” and aimed at “health-and-wellness.”

The Detroit Auto Show starts January 11. In the meantime, see some of the other vehicles debuting at the event over at our dedicated hub.

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