2020 Kia Telluride SUV Is The Largest Kia Ever, Has 8-Seats, 3.8L V6

The 2020 Kia Telluride has just been unveiled in production guise at the Detroit Auto Show 2019. Kia’s Telluride is the brother to the Hyundai Palisade and is the largest vehicle to ever wear the Kia badge, providing seating for up to eight people in comfort.

The South Korean automaker previewed the Telluride on a number of occasions last year with tricked-out concepts adorned with unique exterior components. Consequently, the design of the production model is no surprise.

Up front, the Telluride gets squared headlights, a large grille with chrome accents, and an impressively imposing hood. The sides incorporate bulging arches and on the vehicle pictured, gloss black wheels which give the SUV an appealing personality.

There can only be one (engine)

Under the skin, the 2020 Kia Telluride is powered buy a large 3.8-liter V6 engine delivering 291 hp at 6000 rpm and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque from 5200 rpm. Coupled to this engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends drive through the front axle as standard or through an optional all-wheel drive setup.

Drivers of the Telluride will be able to opt between Smart, Eco, Sport, and Comfort driving modes when behind the wheel of the SUV. In Both Eco and Smart modes, power is sent solely through the front wheels which Comfort sees power split 80:20 between the front and rear. In Sport, the ratio is 65:35 front/rear. When the conditions are right, drivers can also select between Snow and AWD Lock modes. The first of those features an 80:20 power split while AWD Lock has a 50:50 front/rear power split. Kia says the Telluride can tow up to 5000 lbs (2267 kg.)

Plenty of optional features

A number of optional extras are available for the Telluride. These include Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Safe Exist Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Head-Up Display, Driver Talk, Quiet Mode, and a Rear Occupant Alert.

The cabin of the Kia Telluride includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also found within is a 10-speaker, 630-watt audio system from Harman Kardon, wireless charging, and six USB charging ports.

The Telluride will be built at Kia’s manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia and sales will commence later this year. Prices have yet to be announced.

*Article updated with live images from Detroit


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  • Matthijs

    Haha BMW meets Mercedes in the interior. Nice combo though. Exterior is not really my thing

  • Khanaar

    Hopefully it’s not gonna be the Borrego Vol. 2

    • lagunas3ca

      What was wrong with the Borrego?

      • charlotteharry57

        As case of incredibly bad timing. Which may happen to this one as well.

    • bd0007

      The Borrego is still around (Mohave) in other markets.

      • no25

        Kia will most likely slap a Mohave badge on this and sell it as the redesigned version.

  • WM sap

    I love this very different

  • xDRAN0x

    Smallest caliper to weight ratio also probably

  • charlotteharry57

    Oh, I am so sick of CUV/SUV intros. I’ve hit overload and can’t stand it anymore. I can’t be the only one.

    • danno

      Stop clicking on and commenting on the CUV/SUV articles , 1st step to recovery.

      • charlotteharry57

        Hard not to when that’s basically all there is. Pathetic.

  • SgtBeavis

    I like it more than the new Explorer.

    • ErnieB

      Definitely more than the Caddy!

      • SgtBeavis

        That too…


    Looks decent

  • salamOOn

    thats it? 3 photos?

  • Dennis Scipio

    The Taillights looks like an inverted Hyundai Palisade, both of them have vertical tail lights.

  • Jason Panamera

    It reminds me a little bit of GMC SUVs. Anyway I would still pick K900 from new KIA’s products.

  • Nexus7

    Honestly, if you need that much space, you’re better off with a Sprinter. Practically and stylistically.

    • salamOOn

      i guess you would offer a Sprinter also to every customer who would like to buy a GLS, Q7, RR or other bigger SUV….

    • bd0007

      Sprinter drives/rides more like the commercial van that it is.


  • Merc1

    It’s better than the Cadillac XT6.


    • Aelwyn

      That’s for sure. The shape of the taillights is sort of similar, but on the Kia they’re actually, you know, interesting.

    • schnittz

      You gotta be kidding! This this is as ugly as sin! Plus comes with crappy Kia quality.

      • Bash

        The only crappy thing here is the badge it self, Kia quality in very good now. Not like last decade, you need to update your info.

        • pissedoffjuicebox

          I own a 2016 Optima, guarantee the quality is better than any GM product south of $70k.

          • Bash

            Agreed, I rented a sorento a while ago for few days, and was impressed with the quality and features.

    • Rich Money

      Yes. Not especially impressive itself, but still better than the XT6. Sort of sad.

    • Mr. EP9

      Anything is better than the XT6.

  • Joshua

    One minor detail: The Kia Telluride will be available for retail sale in the next few months, not next year. They should start show up in the local Kia dealership’s showroom in February 2019.

    • JohnCarscoop

      That is correct, it will be sold from this year. We’ve amended the story. Thanks!

    • enuffalrdy

      But they probably sell it as a 2020.

      • ErnieB

        Spring 2019 = 2020

  • kachuks

    I don’t get the 3 row SUV trend. Its not like the average family size is growing. Why do people think they need this?

    • enuffalrdy

      Agreed. Just give me the extra cargo space. Make the seat an option.

    • ErnieB

      There is six in my family so I need that extra row.. that’s why..

    • bd0007

      Families of 6+ or smaller families w/ big teenagers and a dog or 2.

      For many, even something like this isn’t big enough which is why they get a Suburban or a Yukon XL.

    • charlotteharry57

      It’s also because, aside from generally poor parenting, Gen X parents don’t care one bit about money, spend it like crazy (even if its borrowed) and LOVE to play the “Keeping Ahead of the Joneses” game. That’s also why.

  • Rocket

    Kia builds a better Atlas.

  • cbATL

    This makes my wiener hard.

  • ErnieB

    This pissed all over the GR (Good Riddance) Supra and the Cadillac XTra bad-6. this SUV is much more exciting!

    • BlackPegasus

      lol 😂

    • Loquacious Borborygmus


    • DMax

      Drugs are bad mkay?

      • Biggus Dickus

        Okay Mr Mackey

  • Carenthusiast

    Have they stolen Range Rovers grille?

  • BlackPegasus

    I like it! It looks more masculine than the Ford Explorer and it has more road presence than the new Cadillac XT6.

  • Enter Ranting

    Kia is going to print money with this.

    • charlotteharry57

      Please tell the Press that. They’re predicting a dud.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        No they’re not.

  • no25

    The live video helped sell it to me. Looks pretty decent and way better than the Hyundai counterpart. Side angle and rear are gorgeous! Interior and front end: meh – don’t love it but don’t hate it.

  • Hot Twink

    Ahh, so the clutches in the RDM send 20 percent of torque to the rear wheels…. used to be only 10 percent as the default.

    Still prefer the new Ford Explorer (drivetrain wise). Now it has a transfer case, which is far better than any RDM setup.

  • Dude

    That video was very well shot

  • schnittz

    UGLY! A face only a mother can love.

    • charlotteharry57

      Not nearly as ugly as the Palisade.

  • Aelwyn

    Seems odd that those LED DRLs appear to be orange.

    • pissedoffjuicebox

      Seems similar to some F-150’s…

  • Paul

    It looks good. the only thing other than the stand up infotainment screen that I dont’ particularly care for are the headlights.

  • PK

    Korean >>>> American! Kia’s gonna kill it with Telluride! Somebody please tell GMC, Ford and Chevy how to design cars!

  • Richard Alexander

    The tried the big SUV thing right before the last recession too. Ironic.

  • Mr_MG74ca

    Disappointing towing capacity, was hoping it would be closer to an expedition and not have the same towing capacity as their current SUV. After all they also have 3 rows of seats now and probably cost less.
    No rainre for this other than appearances


      This car doesn’t compete with the Expedition kid

  • SteersUright

    The headlight and infotainment screen designer both need to find other professions…

  • StrangerGP

    The fake vents by the front wheels are disgusting, other than that a really cool looking SUV.

    • pissedoffjuicebox

      And how can you confirm they are fake? The only real vents on most Hyundai and Kia products are in fact those in the front as an air duct for cooling the brakes and dissipating air resistance. I should know, my Optima has functional front vents.

  • Biggus Dickus

    Koreans are so stupid. They make a twin turbo V6 but none of them thought to use it here? GFY

    • Nkululeko Duma

      What are you talking about, that car is driven by a twin turbo V6 already.. so exactly is clueless?

      • TechLegend

        Are you sure @nkululekoduma:disqus ? In the article it says it’s a 3.8L V6, not a TT v6.

      • Biggus Dickus

        That would be you. In the North American market ( which is the only one that matters ) the Kia Telluride is only available with a 3.8 liter naturally aspirated V6.

  • charlotteharry57

    The Press is already predicting that hardly anyone will notice this in the marketplace. Normally, I’d say to expect huge discounts, but this is Kia. Its dealers don’t care if they don’t sell a car in a month and hold the line on overpricing vehicles on the lot. Around here, they want $19K for a base Optima, while Hyundai dealers will take $16.5 for a base Sonata. Maybe it’s the much uglier Palisade that’ll have the huge discounts.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      “The Press is already predicting that hardly anyone will notice this in the marketplace. “

      Who? Sources?

      This thing is going to sell like crazy for Kia, just like the Sorento is.

    • pissedoffjuicebox

      5,000+ sales in the first month, and my local dealerships sold out within 4 hours, for an anecdotal bit of evidence. They had 10 on the lot and let no one test drive them because they all were sold.

  • getoffme

    And the Cadillac XT6 became an afterthought.

  • Evan McMaster

    I know its still a KIA but those are disappointing figures coming out of an engine of that size, especially for a vehicle so large

  • Rasta_Farian

    Looks better than I had expected.

  • Momogg

    A mix between Volvo and Cadillac, not bad in the end.

  • TechLegend

    I think it looks good, especially when compared to the competition. If it’s priced right, it will sell. I see the Pilot as the primary target here.

  • Merc1

    It’s quite handsome and should sell like hotcakes for them.


    • Bash

      Right, at least it will sell better than the old Mohave.

  • Six_Tymes

    The concept was fantastic, this isn’t.

  • Vangelis Goulis


  • WHY on earth those orange LEDs ?????

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