North American International Auto Show 2016: Kia Telluride Concept

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The Telluride is Kia’s first shot at a three-row, seven passenger, full-sized SUV. It’s a concept at this point, but Kia doesn’t show concepts without some plan to have them built.

What Is It?

The Kia Telluride Concept shows Kia’s vision regarding a three-seat, full-size, seven-passenger SUV.


The first interesting bit of business is the door configuration. Like the Lincoln Continental concept, the rear doors are hinged at the rear — “suicide doors” in the 1960s vernacular — and both the front and rear swing open 90 degrees in opposing directions allowing unfettered access to the cabin. Seats are four black leather captain’s chairs that appear to float in space. The third row is a folding bench seat.

The Telluride also includes an array of technology that may find its way into lesser Kias in the coming years, including Swipe Command — a thin, touch-sensitive, interactive band mounted to the second row center console – which allows rear-seat passengers to quickly scroll and select desired media by simply swiping their hand.


The Concept transverse mounts a 3.5-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) V6 engine to a powerful electric motor, Telluride’s to produce a combined 400 horsepower: 270 horsepower from V6 and 130 horsepower from the electric motor. Kia says the big SUV can deliver “more than 30 mpg on the highway.” An advanced all-wheel drive system delivers power to all four wheels.

What is Kia Saying?

“The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand as a bold, all-new luxury SUV with an abundance of advanced technology, focusing particular attention on the experience and comfort of second-row occupants,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA). “Longer, wider and taller than the recently redesigned Sorento CUV, Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like.”

When Does It Go On Sale?

No word on whether the Telluride Concept is slated for production just yet.
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