2019 Kia Telluride Spotted Undisguised (Again), Remains Pretty Faithful To The Concept

The Kia Telluride concept received a warm welcome when it debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2016 and it appears production model will remain pretty faithful to the concept.

In a series of photos posted by The Korean Car Blog as well as on Auto Tribune, we can get an undisguised glimpse of the all-new crossover which is expected to debut early next year.

As you can see in the photos, the Telluride has a bit of a GMC Yukon vibe as both models have a wide grille, vertical headlights and rounded front fenders. This probably won’t make General Motors happy, but there are plenty of unique styling details further below. These include a silver skid plate, vertical air intakes and a split lower fascia.

While the front fascia is different than the one used on the concept, the sides are virtually the same. However, there have been a handful of minor changes as the production model eschews the front fender vents and adopts traditional door handles.

Moving to the rear, the concept’s distinctive taillights carryover but that’s about it. The tailgate has been significantly modified and there’s a new lower bumper which unfortunately doesn’t feature the concept’s split dual exhaust system.

While we now know what the exterior will look like, the interior remains a mystery. The concept’s cabin was heavily influenced by the Mercedes S-Class, but it’s doubtful that production model will have such lofty ambitions.

The interior isn’t the only mystery as it remains unclear what platform will underpin the model. While the concept was based on a modified version of the Sorento’s platform, Kia officials have suggested it could ride on the same architecture that underpins the K900. If it does indeed ride on that platform, the model may be offered with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that produces 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque.

However, it seems more likely that the model will ride on the same platform as the Hyundai Santa Fe and feature similar engine options. As a result, we can likely expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 235 hp (175 kW / 238 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque.

* Article updated with more revealing images

Thanks to Jose and Jowon for the tip!

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  • Six_Tymes

    “Remains Pretty Faithful To The Concept”

    get glasses

  • Brian Regan

    There’s a whole lot of XC90 in that rear 3/4 view.

    • Marty

      Indeed, and in the stance too. Not the worst inspiration to have.

      • Brian Regan

        Agreed. The XC90 is fantastic. The similarity was just the first thing I noticed.

    • botornot387

      And Escalade up front.

    • bd0007

      Not really, considering the taillights aren’t extending along the back of the D-pillar.

      Now, the CR-V, otoh… (esp. the previous generation).

  • MIL1234

    faithful to the escalade
    from the front face

  • Yishay

    This will sell like hot cakes. Trust me. KIA has brains.

    • no25

      okay, everyone, Kia is going to sell these like hot cakes. Yishay says so. TRUST HIM.

      • Liam Paul

        I trust him. He also is buying one getting one free and letting me have the free one. Now shoukd i pay tax or let him

    • BlackPegasus

      I’m still waiting on someone to give me the current sales numbers on Hotcakes. Are they really selling well in American markets?

      • Raul


        • BlackPegasus

          Still waiting on your sales charts of Hotcakes. Got any?

      • SmartAss💁🏾‍♂️

        “Hot Cake sales continue their 40 year slide.”

        I hope they set better goals…

  • designer_dick

    That’s a face not even a mother could love.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Am i the only one seeing Cadillac Escalade?

    • ErnieB

      I see it as well

    • Jay

      I also see some new Ford Expedition in the headlights..

    • Raul

      nothing. doesn’t look similar to the american junk.

    • Subi-Rubicon1

      I’m not seeing Cadillac Escalade, however, I do see GMC Yukon Denali.

  • DantesLegions

    Guys, It’s giving birth to a xc90!

  • дапвт

    Could’ve worked better with quad exhausts

  • Kia’s response to the Cadillac Escalade/GMC Yukon Denali.
    Korean coolness!

  • Hot Twink

    It’s not based on the K9/K900 longitudinal rear-wheel drive platform.

    The Telluride rides on a transverse front-wheel drive platform.

    It has a long front overhang with the front wheelwell pushed back closer to the front doors. This is a classic front-wheel drive design characteristic as the transverse engine and transverse transaxle set slightly forward of the front wheels.


  • TheBelltower

    This thing is just a bunch of disjointed visual boogers on a painfully conventional SUV. These styling tricks are typical of Toyota, but I thought that Kia/Hyundai had risen above it. Not here.

    • Finkployd

      I don’t agree but I love the wording

  • Richard Alexander

    The Borrego came right before the last big global recession…is this a sign of things to come?

    • no25


  • Paul

    It looks like they did a copycat of several different vehicle styles morphed into this.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Nothing new, most Asian OEMs do that.

  • kachuks

    They don’t really know how to build something this big, which is why everything looks so awkwardly stretched out.

  • Raul

    This looks nothing like the American Junk you mention on your post.

    • Enter Ranting

      Relax, Raul. We heard you the first time.

      • Nordschleife

        Right he is trying hard to ram home “American junk”.

  • BlackPegasus

    Hyundai/Kia has never been good at designing full sized SUVs. This thing looks dated already.

  • SteersUright

    Refrigerator on wheels

    • Belthronding

      oh come on, it is not that much bad

  • MarkoS

    Ummm No! No GMC vibe, not at all.

  • Nordschleife

    I keep saying about spy shots. Now wait until it all glossed up and shown in it best light and some of you all will recant your statements. Well not publicly because you can’t gave that on your conscious. Lol. I do see some Cadillac as well.

  • Galaxium

    This is most likely the lower-trim version of the Telluride.

    The Sorento SXL has no plastic cladding except in SX or higher trims, so it’ll probably be the same for the Telluride as well. Hopefully it looks better when it’s released.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      It has plastic body cladding but painted with the same color as the body

  • charlotteharry57

    The front end is way too close in style to the Yukon and Escalade. Those taillights are ugly as sin. I liked the concept WAY better, as far as the front end!

  • Mike Gonzalez

    that rear end is a poor attempt of re-creating Volvo’s new design language

  • Stephen G

    i just don’t understand why manufacturers continue to produce good looking concepts and then disappoint on the production model. Do yourselves a favor and save some money…don’t bother making concepts.

    • KareKakk

      Or better: put the concepts into production!

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    okay kia that looks like a GM car

    • Raul

      you’re here too.

  • Honda NSX-R

    The all new Escalade, by Kia

  • Able

    I don’t get why Kia design gets so characterless and shamefully steals so many cues from other cars on its biggest cars like this and the Quoris. They just look like any other big car – unlike the Stinger, Picanto and Sorento, which all have identity.

    • bd0007

      So when is having stacked headlights a design cue (considering a lot of automakers are using it)?

    • Rick

      I don’t get why everyone is fussing about the design (Y’all act like other automakers don’t copy). Has someone hit me with a hammer ? Because it seems like people have an issue with Kia and Hyundai copying even when its the smallest detail but not when a Japanese , German , or American automaker do it. Very disappointing that people are that biased in the Automotive world today.

  • Christian
  • uS’gedlemba

    Go get ’em KIA!

  • Mynameis Taylor

    aside from the Escalad-esque head lights and funky tail lights, thing looks 90% VOLVO.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    The concept was a much more smooth, without a crease in the belt-line complemented by small head lamps. Then subtle changes makes it look like a copycat. But it’s still good looking, because the Volvo is good looking.

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      Honestly agree with you on everything except that it looks good

  • Craig
    • Marty

      Yep, it sort of moves design a bit from the European country estate nearer the American trailer park.

    • pcurve

      yeah… the bean counter really went to town on the front. shoulders are gone too. Different hood cut lines.. probably for serviceability. shame.

  • Blanka Li

    Kia designs were getting better and better . . . until now *sigh* Was looking forward to buying this in 2020, but um . . . Is Peter Schreyer still doing Kia’s design work??

  • caddy45

    At leas the taillights are interesting looking. XC90/Atlas profile and other cues. Headlights look oddly slid back on the side of the car and not positioned properly – why so far apart? Also the headlights remind me of the 2006-2013 Tahoe headlights… yikes.

  • no25

    i hope the hyundai version looks better

  • Vanishing Boy

    I have a bad feeling that the US version will not have amber rear tail lights.

  • Ho-Jin Hwang
  • TB

    Looks like a Volvo.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    I see the GM, but I fail to see the Volvo. Come on people, they will only do so much. Most people won’t spend money on fully unique designs.

  • Get Going

    Telluride car has a pretty look but I am really very concerned about the security feature. It would be great if that is mentioned.

  • Yishay

    Almost good, but the headlight and taillight design missed the mark and ultimately will define the look.

  • Dariush

    what puzzles me is why they went for vertical front headlamps when the concept had fairly horizontal one?

  • Bash

    I love the design, but really disappointed about the headlight and the tail lights.

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