Kia Can't Build Its New Luxury SUV Fast Enough

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Production of the Kia Telluride is being increased to keep up with the demand.

Introduced for the 2020 model year, the Kia Telluride is the Korean automaker's largest and most luxurious SUV. Despite also being Kia's most expensive SUV, demand for the Telluride has been stronger than the Korean automaker anticipated.

Last year, Kia sold 58,860 units of the Telluride in the US alone, resulting in a significant boost to the automaker's revenue and profits. That's impressive considering the Telluride has only been on sale since February last year. The fact that the Telluride won the coveted 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award earlier this month would have no doubt helped boost the Telluride's popularity.

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To keep up with the demand, Kia announced during a conference call that production of the Telluride SUV is being increased to 100,000 units per year. For 2020, Kia is targeting global sales of 2.96 million units, and the Telluride's sales rate should help Kia achieve that goal.

The Telluride's high demand may also explain why the luxury SUV is already getting a price increase. According to leaked order guides, the 2020 Kia Telluride's starting price will increase by $275 up to $33,060.

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This won't be the only change either, as reports claim the Telluride will also be offered with a new X-Line package that adds unique skid plates, a satin black grille, body-color door handles, and a unique set of 20-inch black wheels among other upgrades.

Regardless of the trim, the Kia Telluride is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, this setup enables the large luxury SUV to do the 0-62 mph sprint in around 7.5 seconds. Kia's SUV is also being further expanded with the upcoming launch of the Seltos and the new Sorento.

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