It's already comparable with many $100,000 SUVs.
Read any review of the 2020 Kia Telluride and it's easy to see why it currently ranks as everyone's favorite mid-size SUV and why it tied with the mechanically similar Hyundai Palisade as our Best Family Fun Car of 2019. It offers strong performance from a 3.8-liter V6 producing 291 horsepower, a class-leading interior, and room to fit seven or eight people comfortably.
When it comes to luxury, the top Telluride SX trim is decked out with features that aren't even available on SUVs costing twice as much. Second row ventilated seats, for example, are available on the Telluride but not the BMW X7 or Mercedes-Benz GLS. We aren't sure how Kia could make the Telluride any better, but somehow, the company is rumored to offer an even more luxurious version with a new trim level.
The rumor comes from AutoSpies who claim to be "hearing some things through the grapevine" without citing a specific source. The outlet suggests this new trim level would get a two-tone roof, an off-road package with skid plates, a brush guard, and knobby tires, as well as an increased number of exterior and interior color options.
Kia teased the prospect of a more off-road-oriented Telluride back when the SUV was first released, so this idea does seem like it could be legitimate. As for the other options like the two-tone roof and increased color options, they seem easy enough for Kia to add.
What this new trim level will be called remains to be seen but based we think using the GT-Line name would be pretty interesting. There aren't many features we'd like to see added to the Telluride, but perhaps Kia could add the digital gauge cluster and power third row found on the Hyundai Palisade.