2020 Kia Telluride Officially Revealed Through Customized Version

Kia has used New York Fashion Week to unveil a customized version of the 2020 Telluride.

Jointly created with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, the one-off model previews the production crossover which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.

Kia didn’t say much about the production Telluride, but this modified version has custom bumpers, rugged skid plates and a front-mounted winch. Other off-road touches include a snorkel, recovery hooks and 20-inch wheels which are wrapped in meaty tires.

The crossover also has a rear-mounted spare tire carrier and a custom roof rack that is constructed out of wood and aluminum. Last but not least, the Telluride has rocker guards and a ladder that provides easy access to the roof rack.

The interior largely carries over from the production model, but it has been equipped with a number of unique touches. These include natural wood trim and saddle-inspired leather upholstery on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels. Kia also said the cargo area features leather trim and metal details.

The 2020 Telluride will be launched early next year and it will offer seating for up to eight people. The model will be built at the company’s plant in West Point, Georgia and it will compete with other large crossovers such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Subaru Ascent.

It will slot above the Sorento and Kia hinted the Telluride is “several inches longer and wider” than its smaller counterpart. Kia also confirmed the model will be offered with a V6 engine. There’s no word on performance specifications, but the Sorento has a 3.3-liter V6 that develops 290 hp (216 kW / 294 PS) and 252 lb-ft (341 Nm) of torque.

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  • baofe

    Exterior is questionable especially out back, but that custom trimmed interior is quite nice.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s hideous, so why not add belt buckles, ladders and luggage?

  • Craig

    They ruined the front end. The Concept was FAR better looking. Come on Kia. It looks like a 10 year old Tahoo.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      i completely agree. Why couldn’t the smaller, sleeker lights from the concept make the production model?

      • salamOOn

        not only light…. the whole front end from the concept looks way better.

    • bd0007

      The concept’s front end was worse – the grille was awkwardly shaped and the inset headlights were horrible.

      The production version is nothing great, but nothing really wrong w/ it either (aside from being a bit anonymous).

      The taillights are worse w/ that unnecessary “nub.”

      Wish they kept the greenhouse more (upright) like the concept.

      • Craig

        The eye of the beholder.

    • Cobrajet

      I never thought that a production model would get smaller headlamps.

  • Liam Paul

    I like what I see,I will take mine minus all this crap from that Brandon Maxwell look.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      brandon maxwell?

  • Bananarama

    Awful front end. Not sure why they messed with it from the concept so much. Headlights are tacky and inflated. Grille treatment looks cheap with only the top and bottom chrome pieces. And now there are 2 more openings below the grille?

    Very messy…

    The interior looks great though. Hoping the full reveal will tone down those stupid LEDs under every single button.

  • ron98

    no bigger engine?

  • no25

    Concept front end was so much better; they seriously ruined it with that buck teeth looking grille. Also, interior is nice, but nothing is properly aligned. Just look at the panic lights logo and how off it is from the middle air vent. Everything just looks off on the inside. It looks like its trying too hard to be an Audi or Lexus on the inside and it failed.

    • Raul


  • Able

    “will compete other large crossover such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Subaru Ascent.”

    Do you guys actually proof read things?

    • Raul


  • Rocket

    Don’t love the front end styling, but if the one-off’s interior is any indication, the Telluride will have a very nice interior. Dayumm!

  • ErnieB

    That interior is too notch! The exterior will take some getting used to.

  • SteersUright

    Interior looks kinda cool. Ruined by that exterior. The headlights and grill are particularly bad. So are the ripoff Volvo tail-lights.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    i have a question: why couldn’t they use the front lights from the concept? Why those headlamps?

  • Mynameis Taylor

    i just don’t understand why the lights from the concept couldn’t make the production model?

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    way to copy GM KIa.

    • bd0007

      Did Ford and Nissan “copy” GM as well?

    • Raul

      copy what? I see no similarity

  • john1168

    I’m sure it’s a very capable vehicle but it just looks silly with all that crap on it…

  • fabri99

    The concept car looked fantastic, the production version…less so. It’s not ugly, and I like the XC90-inspired shape of the car, but it doesn’t look special at all. It has a GMC vibe to it, it’s really generic.

  • Six_Tymes

    rear light design taken straight from a new GMC pickup, which is not a bad thing, but they are not as unique as the concept lights. overall its ok, but could have been so great if they produced the concept, this gets a meh.

  • Paul

    I like the interior it looks like it will be a very nice place to be. The exterior lighting however misses the mark. The concept looked better.

  • Craiggger

    I laugh when these companies still use V6’s with the same hp and tq as new turbo 4 bangers

    • Rocket

      And I laugh when companies use a noisy, unrefined 4-cylinder when a V6 provides more linear power delivery with very little impact on fuel efficiency. A 4-cylinder turbo makes sense in something sporty to improve the weight balance, but nobody will be canyon-carving in a Telluride. A V6 is the right call here, although I would like to see an optional hybrid version.

    • salamOOn

      I laugh at those who would choose those new turbo 4 bangers over V6….

  • Merc1

    Interesting to say the least. I don’t get why Genesis didn’t get this first though. They are in dire need of a SUV if the luxury brand is to survive.


    • Rocket

      The Genesis GV80 will be RWD-based with the TT V6. This platform is appropriate for Hyundai/Kia, but not a true luxury brand. I’d rather have them delay the crossovers than to do them wrong.

    • Cobrajet

      Because SUV’s are “family cars” foremost.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Kia nailed that interior design

  • Bash


  • charlotteharry57

    This was originally claimed as a Tahoe-competitor and we ended up with something nearly exactly the size of an Ascent. I don’t see the need for this at all, since the Sorento has 3 rows of seats. Watch it be 2-3 inches longer. It gets smaller every time I see it.

    • bd0007

      The Telluride is a proper midsize CUV to compete against the likes of the Pilot, Highlander, Pathfinder, Ascent, etc.

      The Sorento is an intermediate compact in size (basically, splitting the difference btwn the compact and midsize classes).

    • Raul

      many writers are just high and write whatever BS they put on their article. Blame them and not the car brand.

  • Galaxium

    This would a lot more upscale had they used less grey cladding all around the vehicle.

    The entire rear bumper is grey plastic.

    • Raul

      it’s not a luxury SUV

      • Galaxium

        It will have luxury-car pricing once you option it out. The Sorento SX/SXL don’t have the unpainted plastic cladding.

        Though, I suspect if they continue the SXL optioned version as they do with almost all other models, it will paint the cladding as the same color as the body.

  • sidewaysspin

    Copy of Volvo.

    • Raul

      WHERE SWAY??

      • sidewaysspin

        side profile xc90

  • Yishay

    The interior is nice

  • SteersUright

    Interior and exterior are so at odds. One looks well done and the other a total mess.

  • Cobrajet

    I bet they changed it from the concept so they would make it look more like the Atlas.

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