Future Models - Kia 2017 Telluride
Detroit show: Kia uncovers Telluride
Green giant: Kia's Telluride concept is dressed up in Dark Pyrite green and stands 119mm taller than the company's Sorento large SUV.
PHEV Kia Telluride concept shakes up the seven-seat SUV formula
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12 January 2016
KIA has unveiled its Telluride upper-large SUV concept at the North American
International Auto Show in Detroit, revealing an interior that approaches the
configuration of seven seats from a new angle.
Where more conventional three-row SUV cabins stick to the customary 2/3/2
layout, the South Korean car-maker has pioneered an unorthodox 2/2/3 solution
that boosts comfort for passengers in the second row.
With more generous proportions, the middle row “captain's seats” are
upholstered in black leather, can recline to almost flat and have fold-away
foot-rests for even more occupant comfort.
In addition to the experimental cabin configuration, the plug-in hybrid
Telluride also has a flexible door arrangement with the rear 'suicide door'
marrying up to forward opening front doors.
With all four doors open to 90 degrees, occupants can enter and alight through
a larger aperture, unhindered by obstructing B-pillars. Access to the third row
is also simpler with the second row seats tilted forward.
The Telluride's cabin is fitted with Smart Sensors for monitoring the
passenger's “vital health information,” which is then displayed on screens
mounted in each door. Once a person's state of wellbeing has been established,
a large array of LEDs that Kia calls a Light Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) system
projects therapeutic light on the occupant.
According to Kia, the large wing-shaped LER array mounted beneath the oversized
sunroof is capable of alleviating jetlag and can improve passengers' energy
While Australia typically receives large SUVs and seven-seaters warmly, Kia
Motors Australia media and corporate communications general manager Kevin
Hepworth told GoAuto that if a production version transpired it was unlikely to
come Down Under.
“It's a left-hand-drive car and it seems to have the characteristics that are
more suitable to American markets,” he said.
In the United States the Telluride is described as a “full-size” SUV putting it
at the very largest end of the vehicle scale and bigger than the company's
Sorento which is sold locally. The Telluride is based on a modified version of
the Sorento platform and measures 1800mm tall, 2009mm wide and 5001mm long.
A 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine powers the SUV in combination with a 97kW electric
motor for a combined output of 298kW, sending power to all four wheels, and can
manage a freeway fuel consumption figure of 7.8 litres per 100km.
The concept rides on 22-inch five-spoke wheels with 275/45 Hankook tyres, has
all-LED exterior lighting and flared wheel arches for a “menacing” and “solid”
Other comfort features include a keyless ignition which requires a recognised
fingerprint to start, wireless phone charging, a Swipe Command touch sensitive
panel for second row passengers to control media and a seven-speaker Harman
Kardon sound system with wireless headphones.
The concept also introduces Kia's first 3D-printed components to be used in a
vehicle, as part of the “distinct and modern” dashboard, door panels and
While Kia says there are no plans for the Telluride to go into production, the
company points out that its concepts are not “a utopian fantasy” and that
future vehicles will bear a strong resemblance.