The debut of the Telluride Concept at the Detroit Motor Show, gives some hints on a possible future premium large SUV in the Kia’s lineup.
The design combines modern surfacing and details with more traditional proportions, defined by upright, almost boxy shapes, suggesting a tall, dominating stance rather than dynamism, in line with the more conservative nature of the premium SUV segment.
The Telluride is based on a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase stretched 11.9 inches to 121.3 inches. At 70.9-inches tall, 79.1-inches wide and 196.9-inches long, Telluride is 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and a sizable 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento.
The muscular look is further accentuated by the flared fenders stretching around massive 22-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in 275/45R22 tires.
The front end is characterized by a much larger version of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, complemented by recessed quad-LED headlamps, pronounced horizontal LED indicator lights, and an aggressive polished-metal skid plate below the bumper.
At the rear, thin vertical taillights align with the modern design language of the SUV, while consistent styling cues across the front and rear door handles, hood scoops and dual exhaust tips enhance the vehicle’s solid appearance.
“The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand as a bold, all-new luxury SUV with an abundance of advanced technology, focusing particular attention on the experience and comfort of second-row occupants,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA).
“Longer, wider and taller than the recently redesigned Sorento CUV, Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like.”
Inside, four black-leather captain’s seats appear to float within the spacious cabin in front of a folded third-row bench.
The large cabin allows the middle seats to recline nearly flat and include large fold-away footrests for sublime comfort.
All four seats include a series of precise diamond-cut openings in the seatback, each embedded with Smart Sensors to capture a passenger’s vital health information.
Once obtained, these vitals are displayed on the interior door panel screens, which then systematically synchronize with a Light Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) system.
Another unique technology introduced in Telluride is Swipe Command – a thin, touch-sensitive, interactive band mounted to the second row center console – which allows rear-seat passengers to quickly scroll and select desired media by simply swiping their hand.