2020 Kia Telluride makes NAIAS debut with rugged luxury claims

This is Kia reinforcing its SUV game at the Detroit Auto Show

Kia is aiming big at NAIAS 2019 with the new Telluride, the brand’s largest SUV to date with room for up to seven passengers. 

The 2020 Kia Telluride is designed and assembled in the US for the US and adopts the big, bold and boxy approach in its attempt to lure customers to Kia’s backyard.

Mechanically-speaking, the new Telluride employs a 3.8-liter V6 GDI powerplant good for 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm.

The unit is bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Customers can also select the available active all-wheel-drive setup with four modes - Eco, Smart, Comfort, Lock and Snow.

For the 2020 Telluride, Kia also unlocked a four-wheel independent suspension setup and a self-levelling rear suspension that calibrates ride height according to the detected load, for the best levels of control and stability.

On the inside, the 2020 Telluride sports what Kia calls a well-appointed cabin. What that means is a list of optional features, mostly, that bump up the interior atmosphere, such as: double-stitched Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Every Telluride features simulated brushed metal and matte-finish wood inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ceiling-mounted climate control unit for the second row of seats and reclining third-row seats.

Tech-wise, we’re looking at the likes of 10.25-inch infotainment screen with rear view monitor compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, seven airbags, plus optional gizmos like wireless smartphone charging, six USB ports, and a 63o-watt, ten-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system.

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