While it’s still just a concept, rumors say the extremely glamorous Kia Telluride Idea, which debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, has been given the green light for production. The 2019 Kia Telluride guarantees to be a cutting-edge, full-size SUV that pushes technological boundaries without compromising luxury. Telluride is a three-row, seven-seat hybrid vehicle with a muscular, upright stance and special rear-hinged back entrances that open in tandem with the front doors to a 90-degree angle for ease of entry. The first two rows are fitted with four black-leather captain’s chairs, behind which sits a folding three-seat bench. The middle seats recline almost flat and feature fold-away footrests for ultimate comfort.
The Telluride Concept came in with a far various appearance than we’re used to from Kia. This SUV was massive at 70.9 inches high, 79.1 inches broad and 196.9 inches long, and its customized Sorento wheelbase was 121.3 inches long.
On top of being big, the Telluride boasted an upright style with a lot of bodylines to draw one’s eye from one end to the other. It also boasted vertical taillights, hood scoops, double exhaust, and a bigger variation of Kia’s Tiger Nose grille. Of course, there are a couple of things that will not make it to the production Telluride, like the rear-hinged rear doors, but we expect the rest to be quite near to the idea.
Inside, the Telluride had much of that concept feel. One thing we expect to make the transition to production will be its seven-passenger capability that includes 2 second-row captain’s chairs and a third-row bench. We likewise expect all the latest technology, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a premium audio system, heated seats, a large touchscreen, and more.
The Telluride Concept flaunted a powerful hybrid powertrain that boasted a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and a 130-hp electric motor with a combined 400 hp. On top of its huge power, this powertrain could deliver up to 30 miles per gallon highway, according to Kia’s estimates. While this sounds terrific, we anticipate something more standard, like perhaps Kia’s turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 or the 5.0-liter V8.
There is still absolutely nothing main on the Telluride’s release, however it’ll supposedly be around for the 2019 or 2020 model year. Provided its most likely positioning in the lineup, search for the production Telluride to sit just about the Sorrento in rates, which varies from $26,890 to $47,290 (location fees included). The Telluride’s competitors might include models like the Mazda CX-9, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango.