Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Kia | posted January 12, 2016 12:17
Kia combines PHEV technology and luxury in the Telluride concept
After providing a teaser image of the upcoming SUV concept several days ago, Kia has finally revealed the Telluride concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Billed by Kia as their vision for a full-size three-row SUV, the Telluride concept features a muscular exterior that is paired with the latest onboard technology for its occupants.
Beginning with its design, the front features an enlarged tiger-nose grill, squared LED headlights, muscular front fenders and a polished metal skid plate below the bumper. Moving towards the side, the front and rear-hinged back doors open 90-degrees, making for easier ingress and egress for passengers. Kia also claimed that it makes up for an inviting and panoramic interior space. Rounding off the side eye-candy is a set of 22-inch five-spoke alloys wrapped in Hankook Ventus tires that measure 275/45.
The rear, on the other hand, gets inverted L-shaped taillights, broad tailgate with an integrated wing and dual exhausts. Completing the exterior details is its unique paint called Dark Pyrite which Kia claimed emphasizes the concept's tall stance.
Dimension-wise, it measures 5001mm long, 2009mm wide and 1800mm tall. This makes the concept relatively larger than the midsize Sorento (241mm longer, 119mm wider and 111mm taller). Moreover, Kia also said that it sits on a streched Sorento platform, delivering a more aggressive stance and exterior look.
Inside, the first and second row have captain seats wrapped in leather while the third row gets a bench seat, making the Telluride a 2+2+3 SUV. With its spacious cabin, the second row seats can fully recline and comes with footrests for added comfort. All captain seats also have Smart Sensors that can monitor a passengers's health information. The system then relays this information to the onboard Light Emitted Rejuvenation System (LER). According to Kia, this system displays a pattern of therapeutic light that can alleviate passengers of desynchronosis (jet-lag).
The cabin also gets hand gesture controls via the Swipe Command. It's a thin, touch-sensitive band mounted on the center of the second row console. Users can select their preferred media entertainment with just a swipe of the hand. Digital displays also come standard on the concept, including the instrument panel and center-mounted touchscreen infotainment. Audiophiles will be glad to know that it has a 7-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and wireless headphones. The center stack compartment can also wirelessly charge phones for added amenity.
Powering the Telluride concept is plug-in hybrid electric powertrain that Kia claimed will deliver power and efficiency. It has a 3.5-liter GDI V6 along with a powerful electric motor that pushes out a combined output of 400 PS (270 PS from the V6, 130 PS from the electric motor). Its transmission was not detailed but Kia did say it runs on an advanced AWD system and can average 12.75 km/l on the highway.
“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. 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,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA).
There are currently no plans yet to make the Telluride concept into a production car but Kia did mention that its technologies may soon find its way towards current production vehicles.