Three years after its rise as one of the most prestigious, award-winning three-way, eight-passenger SUVs in the United States, the Kia Telluride returns with a myriad of improvements that build on the success of the original model, making its debut in the New York Show with sleek design, more capabilities and improved off-road technology.
The Telluride Sport Utility Vehicle, which won the “triple crown” of car awards and received the latest JD Power Best Resale Award, is now equipped with new interior and exterior design elements and offers an extensive list of ADAS safety technologies for even more convenience , management pleasure and ownership.
The Telluride comes with two brand new trim levels, the X-Line and X-Pro. The car is more solid, with features and capabilities that allow it to climb off the paved and explore new worlds of game and off-road driving.
While retaining its bold and sophisticated look, the Telluride has undergone exterior redesign for a more durable and refined look for the new model year.
The styling includes revised vertical headlights (LED as standard) and available fog lights, new bumpers and grille, revised taillights, new rear and side sill trim for the lower doors, and new wheel designs for each finish in three new exterior colors— dark blue, red and green.
As before, the Telluride’s interior embodies a sense of refined exploration in a spacious three-seater cabin with seating for eight passengers in a class-leading class.
New cabin updates include the availability of 12.3-inch dual smooth-curved head-on screens, a redesigned instrument panel with upgraded panels, air vents and air conditioning, a redesigned steering wheel and new interior color packages.
The new Telluride introduces two new trim levels, the X-Line and the XPro, to Kia owners who like to venture off the beaten path every now and then. Both four-wheel drive models offer a list of exclusive upgrades and enhancements compared to other Telluride models.
The XPro model is built on the X-Line model. Furthermore, the X-Line model replaces the previous Telluride Nightfall Edition.
On the outside, the Telluride X-Line features a unique radiator grille design, distinctive roof rails, body-colored door handles, exclusive 20-inch wheels, and an “X-Line” badge.
The cabin has “X-Line” relief on the upper backrest of the front seat, exclusive colors, ground clearance (+10 mm), improved approach and launch angles, towing mode to improve towing performance (sliding logic, swing control) Advanced traction control (TCS).
In addition to the aforementioned X-Line features, the Telluride is equipped with exclusive black 18-inch wheels, 18-inch off-road tires (Continental), and the “X-Pro” badge. On the inside, the upper backrest of the front seat has an “X-Pro” inscription, and a 110-volt outlet (charging area) converter.
The new Telluride offers a capable and confident experience for driver and passengers with driving pleasure and powerful performance for an SUV powered by a 3.8-liter V6 GDI engine delivering 291 hp at 6,000 rpm, coupled with an 8 -gear automatic transmission and four-wheel independent suspension, wheels, and a monocoque solid body structure made of 59.4 percent advanced high-strength steel.
A self-leveling rear suspension is available, and the ride height is automatically calibrated based on the vehicle’s payload to improve handling and stability.
The Telluride also has four drive modes – Intelligent, Economy, Sport and Convenience mode, each of which uses different settings for the drive system, drive system and steering effort planning to deliver the desired driving experience. In addition to the four normal driving modes, in AWD-equipped vehicles, drivers can choose from two different modes, “Snow” and “AWD lock” for specific driving conditions.
Active four-wheel drive is also available on request, helping to improve driving performance by effectively distributing torque between the front and rear wheels, depending on road conditions and driver input. The system uses an electro-hydraulic four-wheel drive clutch to precisely engage the multi-plate clutch, constantly redistributing the amount of power transmitted to the front and rear wheels.
The newly added Hill Brake Control (DBC) 1 system maintains controlled slopes on steep slopes, the new Telluride adds new technical features, and there is a smart electric tailgate with “auto-lock” function and digital key: let customers then to use devices iPhone, Apple Watch and compatible Samsung Galaxy phones as the vehicle’s default key to lock, unlock and drive.
Furthermore, these keys can be shared with friends and family via text messages on available devices, via an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot that connects up to five devices to a 4G LTE network
As well as many advanced standard features for collision avoidance and safety assistance, including available Highway Driving Assist 2 with semi-autonomous practical capability and automatic lane change technology