The production-spec Kia Telluride that’ll be launched next year will look a lot like the study that was unveiled in early 2016.
Motor Trend reports that the same muscular exterior design will be featured in the road-going model, making it appear radically different than any other Kia currently on offer. Key aspects of the concept‘s design included its square shape, rectangular front grille, pumped up arches and chrome window trimmings.
Telluride offers a look at Kia’s crossover future
After the Telluride hits the market, Kia will introduce a plethora of its styling cues into its other crossovers like the Sorento, Soul and Sportage.
The similarities between the concept and production model won’t stop at the exterior. Inside, the SUV should feature the same luxurious materials and expansive dashboard with a healthy dose of wood trim and Nappa leather. To ensure the vehicle appeals to SUV customers with a slightly less generous budget, a number of lower-end trims and a simple and intuitive infotainment system are also be offered.
Underpinning the Kia Telluride will be a front-wheel drive platform utilizing Kia’s HTRAC AWD system, potentially as standard. A 3.3-liter V6 delivering roughly 300 HP and 252 lb-ft of torque could be the sole engine on offer. Similarly, an eight-speed automatic transmission will be the only gearbox available.
At roughly the same time when Kia launches the Telluride, sister brand Hyundai will introduce its own three-row crossover.