At the 2018 Detroit Motor Show yesterday, Kia confirmed that it will put the seven-seat Telluride SUV into production.
First seen at the 2016 Detroit motor show as the Kia Telluride Concept, the new SUV will be the first foray into the large SUV segment for Kia, with the three rows all being full size.
Longer than a Toyota LandCruiser, the seven-seat vehicle may not end up with the rear-hinged back doors of the concept but the 3.5-liter V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain could be likely, given Kia’s current push toward hybrids and electrification.
It’s also possible that it won’t be a seven-seat SUV after all, increasing its seating capacity to eight persons.
The new crossover was confirmed by Hyundai-Kia’s design chief, Peter Schreyer, during a round-table discussion with Australian media.
“For sure, we are working on that car,” Schreyer told Motoring.com.au, adding that he wasn’t aware of whether it would be made in right-hand-drive.
That means markets such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK may miss out on the Telluride. We’ll be sure to keep our ear to the ground on that one.
For a size comparison, the Kia Telluride is four inches taller, five inches wider, and 10 inches longer than the midsize Kia Sorento. Yes, it’ll be a big vehicle.
The engine – in the concept, at least – is transversely mounted and uses hybrid tech to produce a combined power of 400 hp (269 hp from V6 and 131 hp from the electric motor), returning fuel use of 30 miles per gallon on the highway cycle. You can expect that figure to drop around town.
And yes, it’s all-wheel-drive, but there hasn’t been any hint of whether a cheaper two-wheel-drive version will also be launched.
Kia’s current push to make a better quality product than its Japanese competitors means it should feature some plush materials inside, creating a luxurious piece of transport.
If it looks half as good as the concept, we’ll be happy.