When it comes to production of full-size SUVs, the name Kia
never features. However, Kia wants a piece of this market and
is planning a vehicle in the not so far future. Actually, the
new SUV will not the first time the automaker has attempted to
make inroads in the SUV segment. In 2009, Kia launched a
full-size SUV christened “the 2009 Borrengo” but its flame
quickly went off in the US market due to its not so luxurious
interior and a poor suspension.
For over five years the automaker remained quiet on matters
luxury SUVs until the recent Detroit Auto Show. During the
show, Kia debuted a hybrid SUV concept dubbed the “2016 Kia
Telluride concept” which the automaker said previews a future
The 2016 Kia Telluride Concept is based on the current Sorento
crossover SUV but it’s longer and has an extended wheelbase.
The concept looks like a blend of the
Chevy Suburban and Bentley EXP 9 F. Read along for more
2016 Kia Telluride Concept Exterior
Kia’s Design Center America took the current Sorento and
stretched it in all directions to come up with this full-size
The Telluride is 196.9 inches long, 79.1 inches wide and stands
at a height of 70.9 inches. These dimensions make it 9.5 inches
longer, 4.7 inches wider and 4.4 inches taller than the
Sorento. The vehicle is underpinned by a modified version of
the Sorento chassis which sees the wheelbase stretched by 11.9
inches to121.3 inches. These dimension result in a menacing
look for the Telluride.
The muscular look is enhanced by its flared fenders which
stretch around its huge 22-inch, 5-spoke wheels. The wheels are
wrapped in Hankook Ventus ST 275/45R22 tires. On the front, the
concept features a large version of the automaker’s tiger nose
grille which is flanked by recessed, quad-LED headlights and
elongated LED indicator lights. Below the front bumper which is
also huge is an aggressive skid plate made of polished metal.
At the rear, the vehicle features slim, vertical taillights
which augur with the general design of the vehicle. Other
features are mostly ready for production. They include normal
size pillars and mirrors as well as body panels without many
wild surface details.
2016 Kia Telluride Concept Interior
The 2016 Kia Telluride Concept is a big SUV meant to
accommodate 7 passengers. The vehicle features captain seats on
the first and second rows while the third row features a bench
seat. All the seats are wrapped in a black leather trim.
Second-row seats have fold-away footrests and the seats also
fold flat to expand cargo space. Access to the rear seats is
made easy since the SUVs rear doors are rear hinged
The captain seats come with sensors embedded in their
seatbacks. These sensors are used to monitor a passenger’s
health and then display the information on the screens fitted
on door panels. If they diagnose a passenger with low energy
levels they activate a LED panel above the roof to provide the
passenger with energy-boosting therapy. This system is referred
to as Light Emitted Rejuvenation system.
The SUVs steering wheel, door panels and dashboard are built
via 3-D printing technology which signals the next level of
building modular parts in the automotive industry.
In terms of entertainment, the second row passengers where the
boss usually sits get access to the new Swipe Command system.
They are able to scroll and select their preferred media just
by swiping the two silver arcs fitted in the console. If
they select music, it is then played back either via the
vehicle’s 7-speaker Harman Kardon sound system or through
Harman Kardon headphones which recharge wirelessly when stored
in the console.
Kia designers took time to craft its power-train which offers
excellent power and efficiency. Its PHEV drive-train features a
direct-injected 3.5 L, V-6 petrol engine rated at 270 hp which
combines with a potent electric motor rated at 130 hp. The
powertrain which is traverse-mounted combines to produce 400
The engine is estimated to deliver over 30 mpg on highway
drives. Its power will be channeled to all wheels via an
advanced AWD system.
Kia has confirmed that they have no plans to take the Telluride
to production; rather, the model previews a future SUV.
Although it is past the prime of large SUVs, there is still
money to be made in his segment and surely Kia needs a bigger
SUV in addition to the smaller Sportage and Sorento. I hope the
automaker will feature most if not all styling cues of the
Telluride concept on the Future SUV.