Kia Telluride

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Kia Telluride
2019 Kia Telluride EX V6 front 4.14.19.jpg
ManufacturerKia Motors
ProductionFebruary 2019–present[1]
Model years2020–present
AssemblyUSA: West Point, Georgia (KMMG)
DesignerTom Kearns (2016)[2]
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
RelatedKia Sorento
Hyundai Palisade
Engine3.8 L Lambda II V6 GDi
Transmission8-speed automatic
Wheelbase114.2 in (2,900 mm)
Length196.9 in (5,000 mm)
Width78.3 in (1,990 mm)
Height68.9 in (1,750 mm)
Curb weight4,112–4,482 lb (1,865–2,033 kg)
PredecessorKia Mohave/Borrego

The Kia Telluride is a mid-size crossover SUV, built by Kia Motors. Originally introduced as a concept car in 2016, the vehicle debuted in the spring of 2019 as a 2020 model.


Kia Telluride Rear

The production version of the Kia Telluride was launched at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The first public debut was a customized version inspired by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell's Texas-inspired collection, at New York Fashion Week in September 2018.[3] The overall design is similar to the 2016 concept except for the front end which was completely redesigned. The production model utilizes a larger 3.8L V6 and eschews the hybrid powertrain. Its width, height and wheelbase have been noticeably decreased when compared to the concept model.

The Telluride shares some components and specifications with its forthcoming corporate cousin the Hyundai Palisade, including its engine, transmission, and wheelbase.[4]

With the Telluride, Kia hopes to take on its fellow American-built rivals, the Chevrolet Traverse, the Volkswagen Atlas, the Honda Pilot and the sixth-generation Ford Explorer in the mid-size 3-row crossover SUV segment.[5][6]

The Telluride is the largest vehicle Kia has ever produced for the United States, and is also their first full-size SUV since the Kia Borrego (known as the Kia Mohave in other markets) was offered for the 2009 model year.

Trim levels[edit]

The Telluride is offered in four trim levels: base LX, S, mid-level EX, and top-of-the-line SX. The latter is offered with an optional "SX Prestige Package," which includes all-wheel drive, Nappa leather trim, a head-up display, heated and ventilated second-row seats, and other premium features.[7]

All Tellurides, regardless of trim level, are equipped with many luxury-oriented features that are otherwise optional in some of its competitors, such as "Sofino" (leatherette)-trimmed or leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Kia's suite of "Drivewise" advanced driver assistance technologies.

All Tellurides are powered by a 291-horsepower, 3.8L Lambda II gasoline V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and either front-wheel-drive (FWD) or Kia's "Dynamax" all-wheel-drive (AWD) system (the latter is similar to the same system found in the smaller Kia Sorento).

Higher trim levels of the Telluride also offer class-exclusive features not available in some of its competitors, including heated and ventilated first and second row bucket seats and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.


Kia Telluride Concept
Kia Telluride.jpg
ManufacturerKia Motors
DesignerTom Kearns (KCDA)[8]
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV[9]
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, all-wheel-drive
Engine3.5 L Lambda II V6 GDi
Electric motorElectric motor (130 hp)
Wheelbase3,081 mm (121.3 in)
Length5,000 mm (196.9 in)
Width2,010 mm (79.1 in)
Height1,800 mm (70.9 in)[10]

Named after the town in Colorado, the concept version was first introduced at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. A mid-size, three-row, seven-passenger SUV, the Telluride is based on a modified Sorento chassis, and powered by a transversely-mounted 3.5-liter gasoline direct injected V6 producing 270 hp (201 kW) combined with an electric motor making 130 hp (97 kW), for an overall output of 400 hp (298 kW). Fuel consumption is claimed to be 30 miles per US gallon (7.8 L/100 km).[11]

The exterior was finished in dark pyrite paint and featured a squared off body riding on 22-inch rims, as well as an enlarged tiger nose grille and multiple LED headlamps, consistent with Kia's current design language (as of 2016).[12] The car's suicide doors swung open 90 degrees in opposite directions,[13] revealing a pillarless design.[10] Some of the interior components were 3D printed, marking Kia's first usage of 3D printing technology.[14]


  1. ^ "First 2020 Kia Telluride Rolls Off The Production Line". CarBuzz. February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself". Yahoo! News.
  3. ^ "2020 Kia Telluride Makes Texas-Sized Debut At NY Fashion Week". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  4. ^ Bragman, Aaron. "What's the Difference Between the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride?". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  5. ^ "All-New Kia Telluride Lands To Take On Chevrolet Traverse" from GM Authority (February 8, 2019)
  6. ^ Soze, Kyser. "Kia Pickup Truck Previewed". Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ "2020 Kia Telluride comparison: Specs and pricing versus other 3-row crossovers" from Autoblog (February 8, 2019)
  9. ^ Gauthier, Michael (September 8, 2018). "2020 Kia Telluride Officially Revealed Through Customized Version". Carscoops. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Aaron, Chris (January 12, 2016). "Kia Telluride concept previews premium 7-seat SUV". Paul Tan's Automotive News. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  11. ^ Sheehan, Sam (January 11, 2016). "Kia Telluride concept SUV revealed". Autocar. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  12. ^ Atiyeh, Clifford (January 11, 2016). "Kia Telluride Concept: Fool's Gold". Car and Driver. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  13. ^ Hard, Andrew (January 11, 2016). "Kia debuts three-row, seven-passenger Telluride concept in Detroit". Digital Trends. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  14. ^ Garlitos, Kirby (January 12, 2016). "2016 Kia Telluride Concept". Top Speed. Retrieved February 14, 2016.

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