Kia Motors has launched the production of the all-new Telluride SUV at its Georgia factory, with the first example to come out of the line being a Dark Moss SX Prestige model.
The ceremony was attended by Kia Motors North America CEO Sean Yoon and Georgia governor Brian Kemp.
“The addition of the Kia Telluride to KMMG is further evidence of our commitment to the U.S. and local economy,” said Yoon. “This vehicle was imagined and designed specifically for the United States in our Kia Design Center in Irvine, California and is now being assembled here in West Point. There is no doubt that the world-class quality and attention to detail of the Telluride will be second to none.”
The new Kia Telluride is the company’s largest-ever SUV, offering seating for up to eight passengers and powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 291hp and 262lb-ft (355Nm) of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to either the front wheels or to an optional all-wheel drive system.
The luxurious cabin of the new Telluride features a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker audio system, wireless charging and six USB ports.
The driver can switch between Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort driving modes; opt for the Sport and the powertrain will send more torque to the rear axle than it normally does, while Snow and AWD Lock functions are also present.
The list of active driver assistance systems is quite long and includes 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.
Pricing for the new 2020 Kia Telluride starts from $31,690 for the entry-level LX model and can go up to $45,490 for the SX Prestige model.