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Kia Motors has unveiled the new Telluride SUV at Detroit Auto Show 2019. The 2019 Kia Telluride is a creation from the South Korean brand's design studio in Southern California. It is the largest road vehicle ever made by Kia Motors and can seat eight passengers.
The Kia Telluride is almost identical to the Hyundai Palisade; the largest SUV from Hyundai. In Kia's product portfolio, the Telluride sits above the Sorento and will be offered in four trims: LX, EX, S and SX. There is no news about the pricing, but the SUV will go on sale in certain global markets by the third quarter of 2019.
The exteriors of the Kia Telluride showcase a bold and dynamic stance. The signature 'Tiger Nose' front grille features a honeycomb pattern while the bumper houses some sharp design elements, with just the right amount of chrome treatment.
Other design details include full-LED headlamp and tail lamp clusters, twin-exhaust pipes and what seems to be 19-inch alloy wheels. Overall, the Kia Telluride has the perfect blend of elegance and sportiness.
On the inside, the large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 10-speaker 630W Harman Kardon audio system produces one of the best sound outputs in the automotive industry. Parking guidance, reclining third-row seats, Blind-Spot Collision Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Assist, Lane Assist, Heads-Up Display, wireless charging, etc., are also part of the package.
The new Kia Trellude is powered by a 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine which makes 291bhp and 355Nm of torque. This is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends the power to the front wheels or all four wheels in the higher all-wheel-drive variant.
The driver is assisted by four driving modes: Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort. In addition to this, there are Snow and AWD Lock modes as well. Snow mode splits the power delivery in 80:20 ratio while in AWD Lock, it is 50:50
The Kia Telluride will be manufactured at the brand's West Point facility in Georgia, USA. As of now, there is no confirmation whether it will come to the Indian market after Kia Motors' official debut in mid-2019.
Thoughts On The Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride seems to promise a lot in the land of large and intimidating SUVs from GMC, Chevrolet and Ford. The eight-seater has certainly hit all automotive headlines and many are waiting for the official price announcement. Even if it comes to our Indian market, expect it to cost upwards of Rs 50 lakh. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on the Hyundai Telluride, in the comment section below.