in September 2018, KIA took us by surprise, deciding to present 2020 KIA Telluride at the New York Auto Show. The preliminary presentation was quite impressive. About a month later, KIA brought a quartet of creative concepts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. But for the Detroit car dealership that is taking place right now, KIA has saved the most genuine production version, which you can already buy.
2020 KIA Telluride Specs
Since the design of the exterior and interior, created by the KIA design bureau in Irvine, California, is not a special surprise, let’s just focus on the technical specifications that are now fully available. At the base of a large eight-seat SUV is a 3.8-liter V6 engine producing 291 hp. at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm.
The six-cylinder engine transfers its power through the only available eight-speed automatic transmission to the front or optional all-wheel drive. The driver can choose between four modes of normal driving (Smart, Eco, Sport, and Comfort), as well as Snow and AWD Lock modes when difficult road conditions are planned. When the Eco or Smart modes are activated, all power is transmitted to the front wheels, and in Comfort or Snow, you get 80:20 power distribution in favor of front-wheel drive. In Sport mode, the ratio changes to 65:35, while in AWD Lock it is evenly distributed along both axes.
2020 KIA Telluride Interior
In the cabin, the driver and 7-passengers a lot of entertainment. Hyundai Palisade’s cousin has it all: from a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to a Harman Kardon sound system with 6 speakers of 1,030 watts. If you need to charge your smartphone, then a total of 6 USB ports for charging plus a wireless charging unit are at your service.
Being originally a family car, it is not surprising that the spiritual successor to KIA Borrego offers a host of safety technologies, some of which are standard and others optional. We mention only a few of them: the monitoring system of blind zones, warning of leaving the lane, assistance in keeping the lane, intelligent cruise control, all-round cameras and so on. There is also a warning about the presence in the rear seats of a child or animal when you close the door.
2020 KIA Telluride Release Date & Price
2020 KIA Telluride will be produced with Sorento and Optima at a plant in West Point, GA. It will go on sale next year. Prices will be announced closer to the date of market entry.