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2020 Kia Telluride: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Contributing Editor - September 21, 2018

Model Preview

The 2020 Kia Telluride is destined to become the brand’s largest SUV when it arrives on the market in early 2019. The new model has been paraded in concept form, most recently in the guise of a special one-of-a-kind bespoke version showcased at the New York Fashion Week in September 2018.

Not many details are known about the model that will eventually find its way to Kia showrooms. What we do know is that the Telluride will slot about the three-row Kia Sorento and seats eight passengers. The new model is several inches longer and wider than the Sorento, befitting its status as a large crossover utility vehicle. It also has squared-off edges and chiseled lines, features similar to traditional SUVs.

One of this model’s powertrain choices is a new V6 engine. It may build on one of the two V6 engines currently available to Kia displacing 3.3 or 3.8 liters respectively. Indeed, the smaller of the two engines is twin-turbo-powered in the Kia Stinger performance sedan.

Most definitely, an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive will be available. We might see a turbocharged four-cylinder engine powering the base model.

2020 Kia Telluride

The concept model Kia showcased at New York Fashion Week was a collaboration between Kia’s Irvine, California, design studio and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell. Maxwell, who hails from East Texas, was driven to school by his mother in a Kia Sedona.

The Texas-inspired model features natural wood interior trim and saddle-inspired double-stitched leather embellishments across the dashboard, on the door panels and covering the grab handles. Similarly, leather-covered door handles and side mirror caps adorn this bespoke model.

Other enhancements include a unique deep green paint scheme, custom front and rear bumpers, skid plates and sidestep sills with unique wheels. Rounding out the enhancements are a custom wood and aluminum roof rack.

The special Telluride is a one-of-a-kind model, but it might influence a Texas Edition trim. We’ve seen such a look in other SUVs, including the Dodge Durango and the Ford Explorer.

Pricing and Release Date

Official pricing and trim information will arrive prior to the model's launch in early 2019.

For comparison, a 2019 Kia Sorento with the V6 engine and all-wheel drive starts at $34,080. Thus, the Telluride will likely cost closer to $40,000 with top-trim models pushing much higher.

Among the models we believe the Kia Telluride will target are the Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Traverse, Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot.

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Pictured: 2020 Telluride

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