2019 Kia Telluride has been showcased in production guise at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show. It follows a similar design as compared to the concept which was showcased at Detroit three years ago. Kia Telluride has been designed at the Kia studios in Southern California. It is the largest vehicle to sport the Kia badge providing seating for upto 8 persons.
Based on the Hyundai Palisade, which is the largest Hyundai SUV, Kia Telluride receives a long hood, wide grille and upright windshield. It gets its badging both at the front atop the front grille and at the rear on its lift gate. Kia Telluride, positioned above the Sorento, is offered in four trim levels of LX, EX, S and SX. It goes on sale later this year while prices have not yet been detailed.
Exteriors of the new Kia Telluride sport stacked headlamps, L shaped tail lamps, a sculpted rear skid plate with integrated twin exhaust pipes and a large front grille with chrome accents while it sits on black gloss wheels which enhances its personality. Interiors of the Kia Telluride are noted with a 10.25” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10 speaker, 630 watt audio system from Harmon Kardon, wireless charging and 6 USB charging points.
It also sees a rear view monitor, parking guidance with downhill brake control and reclining third row seats. Kia Telluride includes several first safety features among which are blind spot collision assist, rear cross traffic collision assist, lane following assist, safe exit assist, highway driving assist, head up display and rear occupant alert. The rear occupant alert uses ultrasonic sensors to detect child or pet movement in second and third row once the doors have been closed which then issues audible alerts to the driver.
Kia Telluride will be powered by a 3.8 liter V6 engine offering 291 hp peak power at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm torque at 5,200 rpm mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission sending power to front wheels as standard or through an optional all wheel drive setup. Drivers will be able to select from Smart, Eco, Sport or Comfort driving modes while drivers can also select between Snow and AWD Lock modes. Snow will have 80:20 power split while AWD Lock will have 50:50 front and rear power split. Kia Telluride will also have tow capacity of 5,000 lbs.
Kia Telluride will be built at the Kia plant in West Point, Georgia and will go on sale from May 2019. No prices have been announced as on date. Take a look at the detailed photo gallery of Kia Telluride below.