Meet the next generation of Kia crossover design language.
Given the current state of the market, automakers are rushing to get more and more crossovers to dealerships. Kia is certainly no exception, bigger than the Sorento. But the one crossover size it currently lacks is a large three-row flagship. That’ll change in the near future. According to Motor Trend, the upcoming production-spec Telluride will closely resemble the 2016 concept, pictured here. Even more interesting is that the Telluride’s (the final name may change) styling language will eventually trickle down to the automaker’s smaller SUVs.
It’ll also be Kia’s most luxurious SUV crossover to date. It’s said to pack eight seats standard, though there’ll likely be optional second-row captain’s chairs, lowering total seating to seven. Despite some earlier rumors, the Telluride will not ride on the automaker’s rear-wheel drive platform, currently underpinning the Stinger GT and new K900. Instead, it’ll ride on a front-wheel drive setup, jointly developed by Kia and Hyundai, which recently debuted it on the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. We expect AWD to be optional. Consider its larger size and, therefore, hefty weight, an appropriately powerful engine is required, meaning no turbo four is likely. Instead, the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 paired to the familiar 8-speed automatic is expected.
This is the same powerplant found in the Stinger, though we predict it’ll be detuned somewhat to around 300 hp. The interior will be adorned with all of the latest premium tech features. Various state-of-the-art safety and driver assistance systems are also a no-brainer. Question is, when will the Kia Telluride make its debut appearance? Well, we know Kia is already testing pre-production test mules, and given the current market demand, a 2019 debut as a 2020 model sounds about right.