20 years ago, the words ‘big’ and ‘Kia’ sounded like an oxymoron. But fast forward to 2019 and Kia has premiered their biggest offering yet, excluding their trucks and buses that is. It’s called the Telluride and, after it was previewed in Texas, Kia has revealed its full specifications.
Essentially the mechanical twin of the Hyundai Palisade, it’s powered by the same engine. For now, the lone option is a 3,8-liter V6, which is good for 291 PS and 355 Nm of torque, identical to the Palisade. It then shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard but it can also be paired to all-wheel drive. Speaking of which, the all-wheel drive system comes with differential locks for tougher off-road conditions. Left to its own devices, it sends power to the front wheels most of the time.
There are other neat features in the Telluride. Self-leveling suspension is available to keep a steady ride height when carrying loads. Downhill Brake Control also then aids the big crossover going down steep slopes. As for safety features, it is available with Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and seven airbags.
As for its design, it remains faithful to the Telluride concept shown a few years back. It has a squared-off look and a boxy profile from bumper to bumper. Giving it a more butch appearance are unpainted claddings on the lower half of the entire of the car. Faux skid plates add to that effect as well.
Inside, there’s a ‘free-floating’ infotainment screen, much like most cars coming out in the market today. Door sills are high and the glass area is wide. Surfaces are mostly flat, in line with the boxy theme of the exterior. Curiously, Kia has chosen to use a two-spoke steering wheel for the large crossover. The audio system can be upgraded to a 10-speaker Harman Kardon unit, plus, there is a wireless smartphone charger and up to six USB ports on board.
With Kia restructuring in the Philippines, there could be a chance that the full-size crossover can be offered here. That being said, there are no definite plans to bring the Kia Telluride outside of North America.