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Kia Corp sure is busy these days, releasing new models every so often, like the reveal of the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid, the Kia EV9 concept (an all-electric SUV), and still on everyone’s mind – the Guinness World record-breaking Kia EV6. The newest model being teased by the automaker is the Kia Carens, a highly-anticipated model due for its world premiere this month on December, 16 2021. It’s so close, and based on the teaser concept sketch, we can see a lot of old and a handful of new styling cues. We just wonder how the name is pronounced. Hopefully it’s not “Karens”.
“The Kia Carens perfectly embodies our latest design philosophy, ‘Opposites United’, and it successfully combines sportiness with a sophisticated personality and style with unique aesthetics…The Kia Carens is a true reflection on what today’s customers want from their three-row vehicles.” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center
Kia Corp has always been known as a mass-market brand, also known as an automaker that can be found all across the market. It doesn’t fit into one specific niche, but a mass-market brand usually bounces off the barrier known as “luxury brand” vehicles. The same could be said for Kia Corp, but as of late, the automaker has been blurring the lines of what constitutes a “luxury brand”. First released in 2019, the Kia Telluride SUV is not only the largest SUV in the lineup, but won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards in its first year. When Kia first released the new Kia Carnival MPV this summer (2021), the automaker took its first step into the luxury segment with the options available in this “multi-purpose vehicle”.(more…)
The 2020 Kia Telluride is Kia Motors largest SUV. Blurring the lines of luxury and receiving a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Telluride has a lot going for it. The 2020 Kia Telluride even wins out on comparisons with competitors – even the Hyundai Palisade pales in the face of the 2020 Kia Telluride. However, when the 2020 Kia Telluride concept was first unveiled, there was a lot more in store than what made it into production. One of the reasons the 2020 Kia Telluride got the green light for production, and the reasons why it got the green light in the first place, was because of the great reception the concept received from consumers and reporters when it debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. So, imagine the surprise when half of the reasons why people liked it disappeared.
What We Were Promised
When the first concept of the 2020 Kia Telluride debuted in Detroit, it was supposed to be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) SUV. If Kia Motors could do it with a crossover, an SUV was the next logical step. We knew an internal combustion engine (ICE) would make up half the powertrain, but 3.8-liter Lambda DOHC 24-valve V6 engine dashed that plan. With Kia Motors planning to go all-electric, the Telluride PHEV may already be on the cutting room floor.
There have been some photos of the new small SUV from Kia Motors floating around the internet lately. Not wanting to tease any more overseas concepts from Kia Motors, we decided to wait on this one before writing up an article. Although not 100-percent guaranteed, according to autoblog.com, a U.S. market launch of the new Kia model with a global rollout early 2020. Called the Kia Seltos, check out what could be the next popular funky car for a younger generation.
Where Does It Fit?
Bigger than a Kia Soul but smaller than a Kia Sportage, the Kia Seltos first appeared at the 2018 Auto Expo in India.
According to autoblog.com, the vehicle was “specifically ‘created for the millennial generation’ with a ‘wide range of features and technologies suited to younger buyers,’ and is somehow promised to offer ‘the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV in a compact package.’”
The Seoul Motor Show is well underway, from March 31 to April 7, and although most automakers will be revealing Chinese Auto Market exclusives, not all of them stay there. Mitsubishi Motors eventually brought the Outlander PHEV to American Shores, and the Jeep Commander, thought to be an only overseas vehicle, is being used as the platform for a new crossover from Fiat Chrysler. With Kia Motors becoming an automaker that can steal the spotlight at any auto show, it’s very possible that the vehicles they’re bringing to Seoul won’t stay there. After all, their Imagine by Kia showcase at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show promises a lot of changes going forward.
2019 Seoul Motor Show
During the 2019 Seoul Motor Show, Kia Motors introduced two new concepts that can land in either the SUV or crossover car segment. On the larger end of things, a three-row SUV concept with some off-road style is known as the “Kia Masterpiece”. Built to be a large and rugged SUV, the Kia Masterpiece actually looks like it could be built on the same platform as the Telluride. With its cross-functionality and the multiple versions we’ve seen of the Kia Telluride at auto shows, the Masterpiece may be an example of what one could do with the Telluride here in the states.
For the Motor Show, the Kia Masterpiece features a full LED light-up grille, and the trademark tiger-nose grille is extended outward to complement this. Faux integrated tailpipes can be found in the rear, but the off-road components are the components gaining some interest. Skid plates seem have been equipped all around the undercarriage of the vehicle, the Masterpiece has a larger ride height than most of the Kia Motors crossover/SUV lineup, and there’s a little more space in the wheel wells for suspension travel.
Kia Motors has always been an automaker quick to embrace change it seems. Their lineup is one of the most expansive and welcoming of alternative fuel vehicles. They have the Kia Soul EV, the Kia Niro hybrid, and Kia Niro Hybrid Plug-in. The 2020 Kia Telluride went into production, and one day Kia Motors spoke of turning it into a hybrid SUV. We thought Kia was going to take a break from alternative fuel after they made a lot of commotion at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with the 2020 Kia Soul EV, and the 2019 Kia Niro EV finding its way to city streets soon enough. Why take a break with all that success? Kia Motors teases a new electric concept for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
That’s right, Kia Motors is also bringing a new concept to Geneva. Oddly enough, Kia Motors in Mitsubishi Motors seem to be in-sync these days. Both automakers brought new autonomous technology to the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, and now Kia will be debuting a new model at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show alongside Mitsubishi. Maybe it’s just a coincidence?