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Kia says it channeled the boxy 'purity of old-school SUVs' like Bronco and Blazer

Given consumers' ravenous appetite for them, it's little surprise that Kia is introducing a larger, more upmarket SUV in the Telluride as the newest entry in its lineup. But the automaker turned to classic SUVs of yesteryear as influences for the intentionally boxy and very American design that it hopes will translate with consumers.

Dubbed a midsize by Kia, the Telluride will slot above the entry-level, compact Sorento as the flagship of the Korean automaker's utility-vehicle lineup. Michael Cole, Kia's North America chief operating officer, said the midsize segment is forecast to grow from 1.6 million units sold in the U.S. in 2018 to 1.8 million in five years. "This was somewhere we needed to be," he said.

It's also the first Kia designed specifically for the U.S. market, with its off-road features like on-demand electronic all-wheel drive transferring torque between the front and rear wheels and its strong, stiff body, further emphasized by its unveiling in Detroit on a landscaped "torque track" assembled in surplus space on the Cobo show floor. It'll also be built at Kia's plant in West Point, Ga. "It's very much a U.S.-targeted vehicle," Cole said. "We will have some export. But the message is, made in America, made for America, it's a U.S.-centric car."

Designers at Kia's design center in Irvine, Calif. "wanted to get back to a traditional SUV styling," Chief Designer Tom Kearns said. "So many EVs and SUVs these days are trying to look sporty and more car-like, more sedan-like. We didn't want to go with that approach."

Kearns said his design team members referenced old-school SUVs like the Ford Bronco, old Land Rovers and the original Chevrolet Blazer when creating the Telluride, Kia's largest SUV yet.

"It's not retro, but we like the genuine feel and look, the purity of old-school SUVs with the long hoods, little bit more upright windshield, not a lot of glass angles, tumblehome a little more upright, just feels more purposeful and genuine to us," he said. Read more...





 

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Large, bold, capable and comfortable, the midsize Kia Telluride SUV opens the door to exploring in a whole new way. Imagined in America, designed at Kia's design studio in California, and assembled in Georgia , the Telluride is all about big skies, desert roads, mountain passes, shady forests, smooth highways, and long coastal drives. The largest Kia ever, it provides comfortable seating for up to eight, a powerful 291-hp 3.8-litre V6, available active on-demand all-wheel drive, and an inspiring view of the world. In short, the Kia Telluride offers potential for exploration and adventure every time it's on the road.

Telluride is the first Kia designed specifically for the U.S. and is a product of the Kia Design Center in Irvine, CA. From the first pencil stroke it was meant to convey the kind of presence associated with the original legendary SUVs - big, bold and boxy - and the go-anywhere, do-anything attitude their square, burly-shouldered shapes suggested. The Kia Telluride's sophisticated exterior accents also hint at its interior luxury. Main design cues include:

  • Long, broad hood and wide grille
  • Bold, stacked headlamps convey power and stability
  • Upright windshield and clean side profile conveys muscular tension
  • Inverted "L" tail lamps with LED stripes (standard on EX and SX trims)
  • Elongated nameplates on the leading edge of the hood and on the liftgate provide distinctive identity for flagship SUV
  • Sculpted rear skid plate with integrated twin exhaust tips reference off-road ability and power (standard on S, EX and SX trims)
The Kia Telluride interior is designed to continue the impression of upscale exploration:

  • Grab handles integrated into the center console suggest journeys off the beaten path
  • Wide console with emphasis on the horizontal through artistic use of premium trim features to convey spaciousness - more "luxe living room" than "utility vehicle"
  • Spacious cabin for generous hip, shoulder, leg and head room, including in the third row
Engineered to be Confident and Capable

Kia Telluride is engineered to be capable in a variety of driving conditions and provide a driving experience that is enjoyable and confidence-inspiring. Among the many factors that contribute to the Telluride's composed ride and performance:

  • Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8L V6 GDI engine producing 291 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Strong, stiff, and torsionally rigid body structure due to the monocoque shell that is composed of 59.4 perc ent advanced high-strength steel
  • Self-leveling rear suspension. Ride height is automatically calibrated depending on vehicle load to optimise control and stability (optional on EX and SX)
  • Choice of four drive modes - Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort - each using different settings for powertrain, drivetrain, and steering effort mapping to provide the desired driving experience. In addition to the four regular drive modes, drivers can select from two different settings, Snow and AWD Lock, for specific driving conditions.
  • Available active on-demand all-wheel drive2 helps provide enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and driver input. The system utilises electro-hydraulic AWD coupling to precisely activate the multi-plate clutch plate, constantly redistributing the amount of power transferred to the front and rear wheels. During normal driving, power is distributed according to the drive mode selected. "Eco" and "Smart" modes deliver 100 per cent power to the front wheels. "Comfort" and "Snow" modes deliver 80 per cent power to the front wheels and 20 per cent to rear. Sport mode splits the power 65-35 per cent between front and back. "Lock" mode delivers power evenly to all four wheels
  • Standard towing rated up to 5,000 pounds
  • Downhill Brake Control (DBC) maintains a controlled descent on steep roads
Born for Adventure in Luxury
Planning the Telluride interior, Kia designers set out to create an upscale cabin with an abundance of premium materials, attention to detail, and an array of convenient features including:
  • Available double-stitched, quilted and extra-padded Nappa leather trim upholstery
  • Simulated brushed metal and matte-finished wood
  • Interior hooks to keep packs and bags off floor and away from feet
  • Available heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats
  • Ceiling-mounted second-row climate control
  • HVAC diffusing ceiling vents provide wider spread of airflow for increased comfort
  • Reclining third-row seats
  • Leather-wrapped, tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Available heated steering wheel
Brimming with Technology - Advanced Connectivity, Safety Features, and Driver Assistance Systems
Kia Telluride is packed with high-tech, advanced automotive technology, including the "Kia Drive Wise" suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, highlights of which are listed below:
  • Available 10.25-inch color touchscreen with rear view monitor and parking guidance
  • Available 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM ) with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and Clari-Fi
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Available wireless smartphone charging
  • Available six total USB charging ports - two in each row. Five ports is standard
  • Available multi-Bluetooth wireless connectivity allows two phones to connect simultaneously
  • 7 airbags (dual front advanced air bags, dual front seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags with rollover sensor, driver's side knee air bag)
  • Vehicle Safety Systems
  • Antilock braking
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Downhill brake control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill-start assist control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • "Kia Drive Wise" Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection (FCA)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA) (available)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist-Rear (BCA-R)
  • Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM) (available)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • Parking Distance Warning - Forward (available) and Reverse
  • Surround View Monitor (SVM) (available)
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA): Uses radar and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging Radar) systems to interpret lane markings so the vehicle can control steering, acceleration and braking to automatically adjust distance from the vehicle detected ahead. HDA is also designed to recognise speed limits on federal highways and adjust speed accordingly (available)
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear (BCA-R): A camera is designed to track vehicle lane changes and, if it detects an object in the intended path, the BCA-R system applies brake pressure to the front wheel of the opposite side to help maintain the previous course
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): An extension of Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), RCCA may apply brakes if an impending impact is detected
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA): When Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go is activated, LFA is designed to monitor lane markings to help keep the Telluride centered in its lane
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA) : In certain situations, if the system detects an object approaching from the rear, SEA will override attempts to deactivate Electronic Child Safety Lock until the detected object has passed
  • Head-Up Display: Added information makes this system especially useful. Provides turn-by-turn navigation, speed and local speed limits, smart cruise control and blind-spot warnings (available)
  • Driver Talk: Uses a microphone to enhance communication with second- and third-row passengers (available)
  • Quiet Mode: Cuts audio output in second and third row so the audio choices of the front occupants are only heard in that row (available)
  • Rear Occupant Alert : Uses ultrasonic sensors designed to detect child or pet movement in the second and third row after the car's doors have been locked and then can issue audible alerts to the driver
  • Kia Telluride is equipped with the UVO telematics system featuring an embedded modem that allows Telluride drivers to monitor and control a number of vehicle operations, including:
  • Remote start and door lock (standard)
  • Pre-condition the vehicle cabin temperature prior to use (only on EX and SX trims)
  • "Send-to-Car" points of interest (POI) and waypoints: If the vehicle is equipped with navigation, owners will be able to plan a road trip remotely and send it to the navigation system
  • Rear Occupant Alert: Uses sensors designed to detect a passenger in the rear cabin. If a rear passenger is detected and the driver leaves the vehicle, the vehicle will follow a series of steps to notify the driver, initially through a vehicle cluster message, and then through vehicle alarm initiation and subsequent SMS/Push message to the owner's smart phone if they are enrolled through the UVO app
Assembled in America
Kia Telluride will be assembled at Kia's manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia (KMMG) alongside certain trims of the Sorento and Optima. When it goes on sale in the US in 2019, Telluride will be available in four trims, LX, EX, S and SX with a choice of front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive. The Kia Telluride will not be sold in Europe.
 

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Car looks really really great. Really nice specs. Never owned a Kia before, but would now. Do we have a sense yet of when it goes on sale and sticker price for various levels.
 

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Car looks really really great. Really nice specs. Never owned a Kia before, but would now. Do we have a sense yet of when it goes on sale and sticker price for various levels.
Not yet, but I'll be updating the site as soon as that information comes in...
 
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these new pictures are great! i actually hated that brownish looking modded up version that first started showing up a few months ago. now this looks really really good.
 

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There's no mention of two-position memory seats but it looks like the buttons are right on on the door in front of the door latch.
There are quite a few things missing like you mention. I’m hoping we will be able to “build” and “customize” on their website soon!
 

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friend just brought one over to show me. really liked its looks.didn't have time to drive it,but will later this week.i've owned range rovers and land cruisers but really like the look of this vehicle. tom s
 

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friend just brought one over to show me. really liked its looks.didn't have time to drive it,but will later this week.i've owned range rovers and land cruisers but really like the look of this vehicle. tom s
It will be nice to know how the Telluride compared to Range Rovers and Land Cruisers. Please keep us posted...
 

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Large, bold, capable and comfortable, the midsize Kia Telluride SUV opens the door to exploring in a whole new way. Imagined in America, designed at Kia's design studio in California, and assembled in Georgia , the Telluride is all about big skies, desert roads, mountain passes, shady forests, smooth highways, and long coastal drives. The largest Kia ever, it provides comfortable seating for up to eight, a powerful 291-hp 3.8-litre V6, available active on-demand all-wheel drive, and an inspiring view of the world. In short, the Kia Telluride offers potential for exploration and adventure every time it's on the road.

Telluride is the first Kia designed specifically for the U.S. and is a product of the Kia Design Center in Irvine, CA. From the first pencil stroke it was meant to convey the kind of presence associated with the original legendary SUVs - big, bold and boxy - and the go-anywhere, do-anything attitude their square, burly-shouldered shapes suggested. The Kia Telluride's sophisticated exterior accents also hint at its interior luxury. Main design cues include:

  • Long, broad hood and wide grille
  • Bold, stacked headlamps convey power and stability
  • Upright windshield and clean side profile conveys muscular tension
  • Inverted "L" tail lamps with LED stripes (standard on EX and SX trims)
  • Elongated nameplates on the leading edge of the hood and on the liftgate provide distinctive identity for flagship SUV
  • Sculpted rear skid plate with integrated twin exhaust tips reference off-road ability and power (standard on S, EX and SX trims)
The Kia Telluride interior is designed to continue the impression of upscale exploration:

  • Grab handles integrated into the center console suggest journeys off the beaten path
  • Wide console with emphasis on the horizontal through artistic use of premium trim features to convey spaciousness - more "luxe living room" than "utility vehicle"
  • Spacious cabin for generous hip, shoulder, leg and head room, including in the third row
Engineered to be Confident and Capable

Kia Telluride is engineered to be capable in a variety of driving conditions and provide a driving experience that is enjoyable and confidence-inspiring. Among the many factors that contribute to the Telluride's composed ride and performance:

  • Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8L V6 GDI engine producing 291 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Strong, stiff, and torsionally rigid body structure due to the monocoque shell that is composed of 59.4 perc ent advanced high-strength steel
  • Self-leveling rear suspension. Ride height is automatically calibrated depending on vehicle load to optimise control and stability (optional on EX and SX)
  • Choice of four drive modes - Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort - each using different settings for powertrain, drivetrain, and steering effort mapping to provide the desired driving experience. In addition to the four regular drive modes, drivers can select from two different settings, Snow and AWD Lock, for specific driving conditions.
  • Available active on-demand all-wheel drive2 helps provide enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and driver input. The system utilises electro-hydraulic AWD coupling to precisely activate the multi-plate clutch plate, constantly redistributing the amount of power transferred to the front and rear wheels. During normal driving, power is distributed according to the drive mode selected. "Eco" and "Smart" modes deliver 100 per cent power to the front wheels. "Comfort" and "Snow" modes deliver 80 per cent power to the front wheels and 20 per cent to rear. Sport mode splits the power 65-35 per cent between front and back. "Lock" mode delivers power evenly to all four wheels
  • Standard towing rated up to 5,000 pounds
  • Downhill Brake Control (DBC) maintains a controlled descent on steep roads
Born for Adventure in Luxury
Planning the Telluride interior, Kia designers set out to create an upscale cabin with an abundance of premium materials, attention to detail, and an array of convenient features including:
  • Available double-stitched, quilted and extra-padded Nappa leather trim upholstery
  • Simulated brushed metal and matte-finished wood
  • Interior hooks to keep packs and bags off floor and away from feet
  • Available heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats
  • Ceiling-mounted second-row climate control
  • HVAC diffusing ceiling vents provide wider spread of airflow for increased comfort
  • Reclining third-row seats
  • Leather-wrapped, tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Available heated steering wheel
Brimming with Technology - Advanced Connectivity, Safety Features, and Driver Assistance Systems
Kia Telluride is packed with high-tech, advanced automotive technology, including the "Kia Drive Wise" suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, highlights of which are listed below:
  • Available 10.25-inch color touchscreen with rear view monitor and parking guidance
  • Available 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM ) with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and Clari-Fi
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Available wireless smartphone charging
  • Available six total USB charging ports - two in each row. Five ports is standard
  • Available multi-Bluetooth wireless connectivity allows two phones to connect simultaneously
  • 7 airbags (dual front advanced air bags, dual front seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags with rollover sensor, driver's side knee air bag)
  • Vehicle Safety Systems
  • Antilock braking
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Downhill brake control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill-start assist control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • "Kia Drive Wise" Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection (FCA)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA) (available)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist-Rear (BCA-R)
  • Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM) (available)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • Parking Distance Warning - Forward (available) and Reverse
  • Surround View Monitor (SVM) (available)
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA): Uses radar and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging Radar) systems to interpret lane markings so the vehicle can control steering, acceleration and braking to automatically adjust distance from the vehicle detected ahead. HDA is also designed to recognise speed limits on federal highways and adjust speed accordingly (available)
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear (BCA-R): A camera is designed to track vehicle lane changes and, if it detects an object in the intended path, the BCA-R system applies brake pressure to the front wheel of the opposite side to help maintain the previous course
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): An extension of Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), RCCA may apply brakes if an impending impact is detected
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA): When Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go is activated, LFA is designed to monitor lane markings to help keep the Telluride centered in its lane
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA) : In certain situations, if the system detects an object approaching from the rear, SEA will override attempts to deactivate Electronic Child Safety Lock until the detected object has passed
  • Head-Up Display: Added information makes this system especially useful. Provides turn-by-turn navigation, speed and local speed limits, smart cruise control and blind-spot warnings (available)
  • Driver Talk: Uses a microphone to enhance communication with second- and third-row passengers (available)
  • Quiet Mode: Cuts audio output in second and third row so the audio choices of the front occupants are only heard in that row (available)
  • Rear Occupant Alert : Uses ultrasonic sensors designed to detect child or pet movement in the second and third row after the car's doors have been locked and then can issue audible alerts to the driver
  • Kia Telluride is equipped with the UVO telematics system featuring an embedded modem that allows Telluride drivers to monitor and control a number of vehicle operations, including:
  • Remote start and door lock (standard)
  • Pre-condition the vehicle cabin temperature prior to use (only on EX and SX trims)
  • "Send-to-Car" points of interest (POI) and waypoints: If the vehicle is equipped with navigation, owners will be able to plan a road trip remotely and send it to the navigation system
  • Rear Occupant Alert: Uses sensors designed to detect a passenger in the rear cabin. If a rear passenger is detected and the driver leaves the vehicle, the vehicle will follow a series of steps to notify the driver, initially through a vehicle cluster message, and then through vehicle alarm initiation and subsequent SMS/Push message to the owner's smart phone if they are enrolled through the UVO app
Assembled in America
Kia Telluride will be assembled at Kia's manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia (KMMG) alongside certain trims of the Sorento and Optima. When it goes on sale in the US in 2019, Telluride will be available in four trims, LX, EX, S and SX with a choice of front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive. The Kia Telluride will not be sold in Europe.

Hi,

I have a question regarding Lane Follow Assist (LFA)

If the Telluride is equipped with Lane Keep Assist (LKA), will it also have LFA by default?

I am looking at purchasing a Telluride from an overseas Kia Delaership. And the spec sheet only mentions LKA in the SX Trim.
So I’m trying to figure out LFA is also part of the package.
The sales team are clueless as the vehicle only just arrived yesterday.

I am trying to establish if the vehicle will be able to steer itself in the lane. The spec sheet says it has cruise control with stop and go.

Thanks for your help.
 
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