Plenty of surprises came our way at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. While monikers that were frozen in amber grabbed as much attention as futuristic technologies, new entries might have taken a back seat. However, the new 2020 Kia Telluride was an exception to this trend at the show.
The new Kia Telluride was unveiled at this year’s North American International Auto Show, Detroit as a new entrant geared towards families in the market for a spacious three-row, eight-seater crossover from a mainstream brand. The Telluride concept was revealed two years ago by Kia at the 2016 Detroit auto show and will now be built at the firm’s plant in West Point, Georgia.
With the Telluride, Kia has a new range-topping SUV in its lineup.
The Telluride sits above Kia’s mid-size Sorento in the lineup making it a proper full-size SUV. For additional comfort, Kia will offer new self-levelling rear suspension, which will be particularly useful when towing or carrying a heavy load. The towing capacity of the new Telluride is rated at 2267kg.
The Korean company is currently offering the car in one powertrain consisting of a 3.8-litre V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive that churns out 291hp and 355Nm of torque. Reports suggest that a plug-in hybrid trim featuring a V6 coupled with an electric motor could be added later in its lifecycle.
The Kia Telluride features a plethora of driver aids and tech features that keep passengers safe as well as entertained.
The Telluride was launched in four trims including LX, EX, S, and SX. A three-seat bench for the second row is standard across all trims with optional captain chairs. However, this will cost a seat bringing it down to seven instead of eight. The car also features a plethora of driver aids and tech features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. For a higher price, one can equip the Telluride with premium touches such as Nappa leather trim, a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, and a larger, 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system.