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    Kia Reveals Two SUV Concepts in Seoul

      .... Two concepts to show the future design direction of the brand.

    Kia unveiled two SUV concepts at the Seoul Motor Show this week.  Both concepts preview design directions for the brand.

    15061_World_premiere_for_rugged_Kia_Masterpiece_concept_-_Mohave_Masterpiece.jpgFirst up is the Kia Masterpiece (Shown Above and right).  Sporting a profile similar to the Kia Telluride, the Masterpiece is a take on a more rugged SUV.  The front end shows off a new variation of Kia's Tiger Nose grille that extends outwards across the entire of the concept with 12 vertical bars in a Hummer-like fashion. The body has been raised and it has a strong all-wheel drive system to match its go-anywhere looks. 

    Secondly is the Signature Concept (Shown Below). This is an update to the Kia SP Concept that was seen late last year and is slated to come to the US at some point.  Kia says that this concept is nearly production ready and the production version will be revealed later in 2019.  Up front, the Tiger Nose grille connect to thin LED lamps. Its strong shoulder line, with a glasshouse which tapers towards the rear of the car, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness.

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    16 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Not bad, I have to say the Masterpiece is a very interesting SUV.

    It looks like it would be easy for them to do since it is basically a butched up Telluride.  The Telluride is getting some really excellent reviews and I personally think it is a very handsome SUV... should do really well. 

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    The Masterpiece looks pretty large and obnoxious and they should build it just like that and use that name also because it will sell well here.  Americans like big obnoxious trucks, I think the Masterpiece would steal some Tahoe and Expedition sales for sure.

    As far as the SP goes, sure why not, we probably won’t saturate the crossover market until 20 brands have about 10 crossovers each to pick from.  Then all the millennials will hate crossovers because that is what “mom” drives much like Gen X thinks minivans mom mobiles and their grandma had a Buick so those aren’t cool. Then we can get back to cars after this crossover craze burns out.

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    Just now, smk4565 said:

    The Masterpiece looks pretty large and obnoxious and they should build it just like that and use that name also because it will sell well here.  Americans like big obnoxious trucks, I think the Masterpiece would steal some Tahoe and Expedition sales for sure.

    As far as the SP goes, sure why not, we probably won’t saturate the crossover market until 20 brands have about 10 crossovers each to pick from.  Then all the millennials will hate crossovers because that is what “mom” drives much like Gen X thinks minivans mom mobiles and their grandma had a Buick so those aren’t cool. Then we can get back to cars after this crossover craze burns out.

    It's not that big... it is about Explorer sized. 

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    The Masterpiece is just a facelifted version of the current Mojave, which was sold here a decade ago as the Borrego...still has the same greenhouse I see... had a V8 and BOF...

    The Mohave is smaller than the Telluride, which is smaller than the new Explorer...(new Explorer is Durango sized). 

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    10 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It's not that big... it is about Explorer sized. 

    Oh good they can make another even bigger one.  The Telluride is Explorer sized isn’t it?  These product planners seem to just be making SUVs every 5 inches apart in their line ups.

    5 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    The Masterpiece is just a show version of the current Mojave, which was sold here a decade ago as the Borrego...still has the same greenhouse I see... had a V8 and BOF...

    Well well I am holding out for the Mojave Masterpeice 4 door coupe.  Until then I am not interested.

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    Is there really demand for another V8-powered BOF SUV?  I thought those had steady sales, not skyrocketing ones. 

    I also thought it was 2019 not 1995-2008.

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    1 minute ago, riviera74 said:

    Is there really demand for another V8-powered BOF SUV?  I thought those had steady sales, not skyrocketing ones. 

    I also thought it was 2019 not 1995-2008.

    There is if it is a 4-door coupe SUV.  

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    Just now, smk4565 said:

    There is if it is a 4-door coupe SUV.  

    Sorry, but a dramatic reduction in headroom is NOT worth the purchase price.  Why ruin the best part of a CUV/SUV?

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    Just now, riviera74 said:

    Sorry, but a dramatic reduction in headroom is NOT worth the purchase price.  Why ruin the best part of a CUV/SUV?

    I don't know but I bet Porsche sells those Cayenne Coupes for $100k easily.   And you know a Bentley Crossover coupe for $300k is probably next.

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    Just now, smk4565 said:

    I don't know but I bet Porsche sells those Cayenne Coupes for $100k easily.   And you know a Bentley Crossover coupe for $300k is probably next.

    Key words here: Porsche and Bentley.

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    I really like my BOF SUV over unibody CUV, but that does not mean I might not own one.

    🤔 So then, the Rivian is a skateboard with a body bolted onto it. Would you call that body on frame as I sure would not say Unibody. 🤔

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    I like that orange thing, it has a distinctive face (but derivative sides and rear) however the Borrego update seems off-puttingly blingy to me for some reason.

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