Would You Beliveve This SUV Sporting Suicide Doors Is A Kia Concept?


Kia unveils the Telluride concept at Detroit Auto Show.

The 2016 Detroit Auto Show isnow in full swing, which means dozens of concept and new production cars have the automotive press in a frenzy. The Kia Telluride concept is one of the cars making the press go nuts. So, what do we have here? Basically it's a Kia Sorrento platform that has beeninjected with growth hormones. The Telluride is 4.7 inches wider, 9.5 incheslonger, and 4.4 inches taller than a base Sorrento resulting in a rather largeKia.The Telluride sits at 79.1 inches wide, 70.1 inches tall,and 196.9 inches long.

The wheelbase has been extended to 121.3 inches and there's five-spoke 22-inch wheels clad in some Hankook Ventus tires. Propulsioncomes by way of a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 coupled with an electric motorgood for a combined output of 400 horsepower. Despite the vehicle's large dimensions, Kiais insistent that the Telluride concept will return 30 miles per gallon whendriven on the highway. The transversely mounted V6 routes its power through allfour wheels via an all-wheel-drive system. The technology -laden Telluride concept features frontand rear (suicide) doors that open a full 90 degrees for easy egress andingress (entry and exit).

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The cabin was designed at Kia’s California-based KiaDesign Center America (KDCA) and features a ton of luxury amenities and newtechnology. Four leather-wrapped captain chairs are present as is a foldawaythird-row bench. The rear passenger seats have the ability to recline and there's a footrest for added comfort. Interestingly, Kia went a tad “Sci-Fi” as eachseat features a series of “precise diamond-cut openings in the seatback, eachembedded with Smart Sensors to capture a passenger’s vital health information.”This information is then displayed on screens embedded in the interior doorpanels which then synchronize to a roof-mounted Light Emitted Rejuvenationsystem.

This LER system is housed beneath the sunroof andis designed to display a “pattern of therapeutic light,” in a bid to combatjet lag and improve passenger energy levels. Additionally, the Telluridefeatures Swipe Command (no this is not Tinder) which allows passengers in therear of to control in-vehicle media. This is all attached to wirelessheadphones so as not to disrupt the driver. What makes the Telluride stand out is not its “therapeuticlight-spa” nor paint scheme (we’ll reserve colorful commentary) but the designaesthetic. Kias of late have been fairly good looking and the Telluridefurthers that notion. “Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like," said Tom Kearns chief designer at KDCA.

The aggressive designhints at a future production model that may feature a more restrained design,though Kia is currently adamant that the Telluride is unlikely to go intoproduction.