The Korean manufacturer has finally introduced the 2020 Kia Telluride to fill the three-row SUV segment on the market. Telluride’s crossover came as a successor to the three-row SUV Kia Borrego (also called Kia Mohave) whose production was stopped in 2009 after only 22,663 units were sold on the U.S. market. The new Telluride eight-seater is a large SUV that retains Kia’s values with the perfect blend of luxury and refinement.
Mostly Based on the Kia Telluride Concept… ???
In fact, the 2020 Telluride crossover is the biggest SUV ever produced by Kia and Hyundai so far. That’s much bigger than the Borrego SUV and the three-row crossover Kia Sorento which has become Borrego’s successor in the United States since 2011. It has a biggest fully-boxy design that is really bold, tough and not boring, makes me remember and think about the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco.
Set to be the biggest three-row crossover in the Kia SUV lineup and positioned above Sorento. It might be a bit more adopting a bolder design style derived from the Kia Telluride concept car that was first introduced at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). However, the new Telluride SUV has a more distinctive design with truck-like silhouettes, full boxy-shaped style, as well as attractive headlights and taillights.
Talking about its dimensions, the 2020 Kia Telluride has a 196.9 inches length or in other words, it’s 7.9 inches longer than the Kia Sorento. While the width dimensions of this new three-row SUV reaches 78.3 inches (3.9 inches wider and 2.6 inches higher than the Sorento). As for the Telluride wheelbase dimensions reached 114.2 inches or 4.8 inches longer when compared to the Sorento.
It Shares the Same Unibody Platform with the Hyundai Palisade
Yeahhhh, that’s right!!! The 2020 Kia Telluride will certainly share the same unibody platform with the Hyundai Palisade, and both will be built at the Kia assembly plant in Georgia along with a three-row crossover Sorento. Under the hood, you can find a direct-injection 3.8-liter V6 engine fitted to an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode and standard front-wheel drive configuration rated at 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. While all-wheel drive comes as optional in all trim levels options with an extra $2,000.
There are four different driving modes in the all-wheel drive version of the 2020 Telluride which can be activated via the rotary dial on the center console, including Eco, Smart, Comfort, and Sport mode. Depending on the selected driving mode, it will send 50% of the available torque to the rear wheels. For example in Sport mode, the torque split from 100% up front to 65/35 split.
The Kia 3.8L V6 engine is also capable of carrying out Atkinson-cycle operations in order to increase fuel economy. As for its EPA fuel economy rating, the Telluride SUV gets scores at 19 – 20 mpg in the city, 24 – 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 – 23 mpg combined in the recent road test.
2020 Kia Telluride Performance Numbers
In its road test, the 2020 Kia Telluride is claimed to be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 7.3 – 7.5 seconds, while acceleration from 0-100 mph can be achieved in 18.6 – 18.8 seconds and top speed reaching 120 mph. The transmission shift itself also feels smoother, especially the driver can control fully manually via the console-mounted shifter. There is also an important feature called AWD Lock mode which is able to distribute torque evenly both to the front and rear axles.
Like the Kia Sorento, the all-new Telluride crossover also gets McPherson struts front suspension, and multi-link rear suspension, which is paired with medium spring rates and tough anti-roll bars. The Korean automaker pinned an 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Primacy Tour A/S tires on this boxy SUV, although the 20-inch wheels that are available only as optional are claimed to be more comfortable for the driver and overall provide much better driving quality.
It Get Many Standard Safety Features
There are many standard safety features offered by Telluride, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system, forward-collision warning & avoidance and lane-keeping assist. Even Kia’s most advanced and computerized driver-assist technology to date called the “Highway Driving Assist system (HDA)” is available for the 2020 Telluride three-row crossover.
There is also an instrument cluster with a 7.0-inch screen that displays images from the side-view camera to monitor blind spots when the turn signal is activated. However, this safety feature is only offered at the SX top-trim level.
2020 Kia Telluride Release Date and Price
The 2020 Kia Telluride is scheduled to go on sale at the U.S. dealers in May 2019 with a starting price of $32,735 for the base LX trim level with front-wheel-drive as standard. The “S” and “EX” trim levels have MSRPs of $35,035 and $38,135, respectively. While the Telluride SX (top-trim) with the standard all-wheel-drive will hit the dealer floor at a price of $44,535.
In addition, buyers can also get a Prestige package for an extra $2,000. With a variety of standard equipment and top-tier luxury features, it will definitely make the new boxy Telluride the most attractive three-row SUV on the market for under $50,000.