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Will the Kia Telluride hit production?

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Will the Kia Telluride hit production?

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Remember the Kia Telluride concept we saw at Detroit a couple of years ago? The Lincoln Navigator-esque SUV that Kia said was being considered for production? Neither did we until we went back over our blog posts for 2016 and saw coverage of it. Well it seems Kia are making good on their word and are apparently green-lighting it for production.

Orth Hedrick, Kia America's vice president of product planning may have let the cat out of the bag during a recent interview. Speaking to WardsAuto he said, ‘The brand will have some announcements soon. Stay tuned for more details.’

He goes on to say ‘We see a growing need in our portfolio with buyers who are maybe in the second or third generation of Sorento and they need maybe a little more space.’ That space could potentially be provided by the Kia Telluride.

Kia’s top man, Peter Schreyer has also apparently hinted at a full size SUV coming to market in the not too distant future.

Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride was touted as a full size SUV with three rows and seating for the whole family and space left over for cargo in back. It was a boxy design that departed somewhat from the more svelte cars and crossovers of the current Kia stable. I still think it looks a little like a Navigator in both proportions and profile but it is also its own beast.

The blunt front end isn’t going to do much for aerodynamics if it remains but it will certainly have road presence. The rest of the design is a traditional SUV shape with high ground clearance, large wheels, lots of visibility and a flat roof for maximum passenger space.

Inside, the concept had a fully configurable digital dashboard with a single moulded surround for it and the centre stack. It looked very good. The starship-style seating also looked the part and offered multiple adjustment options for both front passenger seats. Second row passengers had recliner chairs and a large centre console of their own.
Built on a modified Sorento chassis, the Telluride used Kia’s 3.5-litre V6 engine paired with an electric motor to deliver a combined 270 hp. We have no idea whether this model will have this configuration if it hits production but it would be a very intriguing proposition if it did.

Kia have yet to confirm or deny the plan to bring the Telluride to production or even if it will still be called the Telluride if it does. I hope it does hit production as it could shake up the SUV market. I also hope they do something with the name as it just doesn’t resonate like it deserves to.

In the meantime, check out Kia’s current range of crossover SUVs. They are still some of the best value on the market. Visit Kia of Hamilton, 1885 Upper James St, Hamilton ON, L9B 1K8 to grab a bargain!

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