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Kia Telluride spied in the wild

Kia Telluride spied in the wild

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The upcoming Kia Telluride is being tested on the road right now and a sharp-eyed photographer managed to get a couple of pictures. I am intrigued by this new SUV as it is going to be taking on some serious competition. As good as Kia is now, is it up to taking on the likes of Ford and Lincoln for a share of the SUV market?

From initial impressions, it looks like the Kia Telluride will be a solid competitor. It also differs from the original concept too. We have seen spy shots before which I covered but these are clearer and show more of the vehicle.

Featured on Left Lane News, the images show us as much as we’re going to get while the camo remains in place. LLN have called it the 2020 Kia Telluride and it may be that, but we don’t know yet.

The shape is squarer and more upright than the concept. It has a definite air of the Ford Edge about it. Upright lights, sizeable tiger nose grille, high ride height and a square hood all look characterful to say the least.

The rear lights are quite upright too. There is a strange bulge in the centre at the rear. This could be to throw us off or it could be some kind of feature of the trunk door. I doubt that it is a spare tire like in the old days but you never quite know.

Kia Telluride
The concept had quite a different profile. It looked longer, sleeker and had a low front end and a curved hood. This version doesn’t seem to have that. This version also has a sharper angled windshield. The concept was quite upright and flowed round into a flat roof and down to the tailgate. This version seems much more laid back and has a simpler roofline. We can’t see the tailgate very well at all so we will have to wait for that.

The Kia Telluride concept featured a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid electric powertrain that was good for a combined 400 hp. There is nothing published as yet to tell us what the production model will have. It is reasonable to think the first models will have a normal gas engine, probably a V6. Hybrids and PHEV versions may follow once the initial launch has happened.

The interior of the concept was very much concept and it is doubtful we will see much of that in production. The unique seat configuration was a standout feature but is unlikely to hit the market in its current guise. The digital dashboard and full glass sunroof might though.

We are expecting an announcement from Kia within the next few months on what we can expect from the Telluride. I shall keep an eye out and let you know when it happens.

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