2019 Kia Telluride SUV concept driving on road

What to Expect on the Kia Telluride

2019 Kia Telluride Specs and Features – Presumed

Kia’s quest to offer a compelling and high-value model in every class seems to be far from over. Slated to arrive next year (more on that later), the Kia Telluride will offer luxury SUV styling and enhanced performance for drivers who want reliable and attractive transportation for their family.

First shown off in concept form all the way back at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the Telluride is a long-wheelbase SUV with a hybrid powertrain, striking proportions and futuristic interior. How much of that is likely to continue into the production model is up for debate. However, we can figure out some of it by looking at Kia’s historical concepts and how they have translated.

So, it’s time to do some good, old-fashioned guessing on this one.

2019 Kia Telluride Presumed Specs

Since the powertrain was one of the most exciting features of the Telluride concept’s reveal, we expect Kia will seek to move this into production with similar specs. As a reminder, the Kia Telluride Concept had a combined power rating of 400 horsepower, which was split between the 270-horsepower V6 engine (likely the same 3.3L from the Sorento) and a 130-horsepower electric motor.

With this hybrid powertrain, the Telluride delivers power as well as efficiency, seeing Kia-estimated 30 highway MPG. This is an unprecedented number in the full-size SUV segment whose vehicles typically hang out around the 20 – 23 highway MPG range to pay for similar output.

As far as the interior goes, this is where we’re the most likely to see major changes. Sure, the Telluride concept’s futuristic interior is the stuff of movies-set-in-2050’s dreams, but it’s also not the most practical. We expect the full-size Telluride to maintain its forward-thinking allure but with a more accessible and familiar interior design.

That said, the K900, Stinger and Cadenza are all proof that Kia knows a thing or two about luxury design. If the Telluride is seeking to unseat competitors like the BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Audi Q8, it will require an interior that breathes quiet sophistication. Luckily, Kia’s already proven this is possible.

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Kia Telluride Concept Photos

While we wait for the production model Kia Telluride, let’s look back on these photos of the Kia Telluride concept and marvel at the luxurious design and beauty Kia has brought to the table with the Telluride!

2019 kia telluride suv from front three quarter view

interior of 2019 Kia Telluride concept

profile shot of kia telluride driving

interior of kia telluride concept

When Will the 2019 Kia Telluride Be Available?

Although Kia has done an excellent job staying taciturn about this exciting SUV, we have it on solid authority that you will be seeing the 2019 Kia Telluride sooner than later. Perhaps even in time for the snowy season that approaches us?

We’ll hold off on any certain declarations until we have word from Kia but stay tuned! Remember to check our blog for updates and like Friendly Kia on Facebook where we share information as it arises from independent sources.

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