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Kia Telluride (2019): eight-seater SUV

Kia Telluride SUV (2019)
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E in a hint of Bentayga, a shot of Cayenne, a pinch Jeep Commander - the Kia Telluride, which was presented as a study in 2016 and with which the Koreans went on stage as a world premiere at the NAIAS in Detroit, shows itself to be macho. Clear edges instead of the streamlined squiggle look that is common in SUV design today. As early as 2016, the form of the study made it clear that the series Telluride will no longer change much. The production version now presented at the Detroit Motor Show is almost identical except for the conventional doors (the study had doors that open in opposite directions at the rear).

Kia Telluride SUV was created in the US design studio

Some design features are particularly eye-catching. At the front, in addition to the large, almost vertical radiator grille, there are the narrow, tall LED headlights, which counter the trend towards ever larger lights that are drawn around towards the A-pillar. Clear off-road vehicle design. The rest of the car is also committed to the off-road look with clear edges, straight lines and the almost vertical rear end.

The dimensions of the Kia Telluride are anything but restrained. Five meters long, 1.80 meters high and two meters wide, the eight-seater is quite a bummer. The Telluride is based on the modified floor pan of the Kia Sorento, with a wheelbase extended by 30 to 3.08 meters. The largest Kia of all time is available with different seat configurations at the rear, so individual seats can also be ordered for the second row. The third row of seats folds out of the load compartment floor if necessary.

Telluride study as hybrid, series with gasoline engine

The Kia Telluride Concept was presented as a plug-in hybrid. The 3.5-liter direct injection petrol engine, a V6 engine, was supported by a 96 kW electric motor; Nothing comes of that for the time being: The production model presented in Detroit drives up with a conventional suction gasoline engine. The 3.8-liter V6 has 291 hp and 355 Newton meters of torque. It delivers its power to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Telluride does not have an off-road reduction. There are four different driving modes between Eco and Sport for everyday use, and there is also the option of rigid all-wheel drive for off-road use. Incidentally, the latter is subject to a surcharge for the Telluride, the basic version comes with two-wheel drive. The trailer loadis specified with 2.3 tons.

As usual from Kia, only in XXL: interior design of the new Telluride

The assistance systems, some of which are available at an additional cost, are state-of-the-art, from blind spot warning to adaptive cruise control to partially autonomous traffic jam assist, there are no surprises here. The entertainment system is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and, as a special feature, can integrate two mobile phones at the same time via Bluetooth. A Harman Kardon sound system is also one of the options, as is a wireless charging cradle or a head-up display.

The Kia Telluride can be equipped with Kia's own 'UVO' system for an extra charge, which supports the Communication of the car with the owner's mobile phone supported. The Kia Telluride can be started remotely, fed with address points for the navigation system or the status data can be queried.

The Telluride is built in the US plant West Point in Georgia, where the Sorento and Optima from Tape run. Prices have not yet been announced, but sales have started: The first copies of the Kia Telluride are to be available from US dealers as early as April. An official import of the Kia Telluride for the European market is currently not planned, according to Kia Germany.


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