Kia’s largest and most luxurious SUV has officially entered production.
Following its debut earlier this year at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride has officially entered production at the automaker's US plant in Georgia. The first example of Kia's luxurious SUV to roll off the production line was finished in dark moss and was equipped with the SX Prestige package.
During the ceremony, the three-row SUV was introduced by Kia Motors North America CEO Sean Yoon and driven off the line by the company's President and CEO Jason Shin and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. The ceremony also included a special appearance by Korbin Pope, the local star of Kia's Super Bowl commercial.
"The addition of the Kia Telluride to KMMG is further evidence of our commitment to the US and local economy," said Yoon. "This vehicle was imagined and designed specifically for the United States in our Kia Design Center in Irvine, California and is now being assembled here in West Point. There is no doubt that the world-class quality and attention to detail of the Telluride will be second to none."
With seating for up to eight passengers, the Telluride is Kia's largest and most luxurious SUV to date. Power is provided by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. An optional all-wheel-drive system is also available. It's capable of handling rough terrain too, thanks to a four-wheel independent suspension, a rigid body structure, and self-leveling rear suspension.
Inside, the luxurious cabin can be equipped with a 10.25-inch infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker audio system, wireless charging, and six USB ports. Standard safety features include lane keeping assist, forward collision warning assist, blind-spot collision avoidance assist with rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality.
Pricing for the 2020 Kia Telluride starts at $31,690 for the entry-level LX model and up to $45,490 for the range-topping SX Prestige model, which adds Nappa leather seats, a head-up display, heated steering wheel, second-row heated and ventilated seats, and all-wheel drive. Customer deliveries will kick off in the summer.