Kia Telluride Concept made its debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show and had received many positive reviews. Kia claims that its new SUV will be a 7-seated vehicle and will sit on Kia Sorrento’s platform. However, Telluride has increased its wheelbase to over 121.3 inches to provide more cabin space.
The new Telluride is still a theoretical concept with no official price tag available from the company. Neither, Telluride is expected to be marketed soon by Kia. If it is launched in 2017, Kia may expect to go up against Jeep Compass SUV and Nissan Rogue.
Kia Telluride Concept – Powertrain
The concept car came in hybrid form. Kia Telluride Concept had a 3.5-liter direct injected GDi V-6 engine combined with an electric motor. The former has a power output capacity of 270 hp while the electric powertrain is capable of developing 130 hp alone. Combined, the total power capacity of this concept car stands at 400 hp. No official word on torque development is available, but Telluride may reach the 280 lb-ft mark.
Kia claimed that with a hybrid powertrain, its Telluride will run on a highway with 30 mpg of fuel consumption. The figure is expected to improve when it hits the market. The car will have an all-wheel-drive layout, that is, power developed will be equally routed to all it’s for wheels. The full-sized SUV is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated time of 6 seconds, reaching a top speed of 155 mph.
Kia Telluride Concept – Design
The SUV will be 196.9 inches in length, 70.9 inches tall and 79.1 inches in width. This makes the Kia Telluride Concept SUV 9.5 inches longer and 4.4 inches taller than the current Kia Sorento. It will receive 22-inch 5-spoke wheels along with Hankook Ventus ST tires.
The concept car has revealed itself in Dark Pyrite Green shade along with a ‘retro-design’. Kia has maintained its ‘tiger-nose’ rectangular shaped front grille with no frills. The Korean automaker also installs quad-LED headlights and horizontal indicator lights. A polished metal skid plate is also visible below the front bumper. The taillights are vertically placed and the rear spoiler on the roof sports a horizontal brake light. Dual exhaust tips are placed right below the rear bumper.
Kia has decided to make Telluride’s second row two seated, with recliner seats and leg rests. This negates the possibility of a third row. However, the automaker claims that there will be one. Setbacks will come with heart-rate sensors and other body monitoring sensors embedded in it. Vitals are monitored and displayed on door panels.
The infotainment will have a seven-speaker stereo system from Harman/Kardon which can be controlled by second-row passengers. The cabin of Kia Telluride Concept, including components on the dashboard, steering wheel, and door panels will be designed using Kia’s 3D-printing technology.
Kia Telluride Concept – Technology
Apart from body-vitals monitoring sensors, the Korean automaker has embedded a host of other technical features in its new Kia Telluride Concept. This includes Kia’s factory designed cruise control to keep the car in check in case of a skid, advanced navigation control with voice-activated features and forward collision alerts systems that charge its brakes depending on the proximity to the front car.
Kia takes pride in its Light Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) system, placed beneath the sunroof that displays a series of therapeutic light patterns to keep its passenger and driver energy level as high as possible.