Future Models - Kia 2017 Telluride
Detroit show: Kia confirms Telluride name
High ride: The Telluride concept’s dash is made from 3D-printed components, according to Kia.
Full-size Kia SUV concept gets the Telluride moniker ahead of Detroit show reveal
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11 January 2016
KIA has announced that its full-size SUV concept will be called Telluride,
ahead of the high-riding wagon's official unveiling at this week's Detroit
The moniker follows parent company Hyundai Motor Group's strategy of using
American town or city names for some of its models, including the Santa Fe and
It was previously suggested that the concept could adopt the Mohave nameplate,
continuing a moniker that has been used on a Korean-market SUV since 2008, but
the new model will adopt the south western Colorado town's name instead.
Kia is keeping details of the big wagon concept under wraps until they come off
in Detroit, saying only that the Telluride “pushes the boundaries of technology
and luxury with unique in-cabin health-and-wellness technology”.
The announcement was accompanied by a single image of the dash that includes
some 3D-printed components, which the South Korean car-maker said “add a
distinct, modern design element to the dashboard, door panels, and steering
A large screen dominates the instrument cluster, there is stubby gear-shift
lever and the overall look of the dash is clean and modern.
While Kia is saying the Telluride is a concept, it is believed it will be close
to production ready, with a full production version likely to lob later this
Kia has already announced that the model will be the largest passenger vehicle
the company has produced, and it will compete with the likes of the Chevrolet
Tahoe and Suburban, the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia in the United States
The forthcoming seven-seat Jeep – which could take the Grand Wagoneer nameplate
– is also a likely rival.
As reported, the lack of right-hand drive production means the Telluride is
unlikely to make it to Australian Kia showrooms.
The exterior of the Telluride was teased in a shadowy image last week showing a
large boxy off-roader in what appears to be a green anodised or mirror
More details will be announced when the Telluride is revealed at Detroit this