The concept is heading into production and it will appear as 2020 Kia Telluride. In the next couple of months, we will find out all the details about the upcoming 7-seat SUV. This is a big step for the Korean carmaker. Kia will follow Hyundai, who recently launched Palisade to the same segment. Well, these two companies are sharing many things in common, and their models are growing together. So, the rivalry will help both Telluride and Palisade SUVs to achieve better results on market.
The new SUV will be available later this year. We will see its debut earlier. Well, the company is making a major move by expanding its lineup. Kia currently offers mid-size Sorento, compact crossover Sportage, and subcompact Niro and Soul. The company is already present in the electric segment. So, the upcoming 2020 Kia Telluride will take the position as the 7-seat mid-size SUV, and in the future, fans of the Korean company will see a full-size model as well.
2020 Kia Telluride Release Date and Price
The 2020 Kia Telluride is officially confirmed. Still, we can hear questions “when will Kia Telluride be available?”, “when is Kia Telluride coming out?”, and “how much is the new Kia Telluride?”. Spy photos are not unveiling too many details, although the SUV is on the streets for a while. The official debut is set for spring, but Kia wasn’t precise about dates or car show where it could appear. Since the vehicle is for the US market, it is very likely that the premiere is happening in New York. The official data shows the Telluride SUV will start from $31,690. Kia Sorento also offers a 7-seat layout and it costs cheaper. However, it is smaller. Subaru Ascent comes with a similar price, as well as Honda Pilot.
Of course, higher trim levels will go up to $50,000. Kia Sorento Limited edition costs $45,000 and includes bigger wheels, Nappa leather, advanced voice commands, premium audio, and many more options.
2020 Kia Telluride Specs and Towing Capacity
Under the bonnet of the 2020 Kia Telluride, we will find a 3.8-liter V6 engine. The company released specs details of this engine. It will be capable to create 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Just for comparison, its stablemate, Sorento, can produce only 10 lb-ft of torque less from a 3.3-liter V6 unit. So, we can expect similar fuel-economy outputs, although this information is yet to be released. The new 2020 Telluride will return around 21 mpg combined, with front-wheel drive. Also, all-wheel drive is optional. In this case, the SUV will offer 20 mpg combined.
Towing capacity of the larger model will be higher than for the Sorento SUV. Telluride will be able to tow at least 6,000 pounds. The self-leveling rear suspension will be a feature that will help increase these numbers. It will be very functional if you tow a trailer. Upper trim levels will have this feature in their standard offers.
2020 Kia Telluride Dimensions, Weight, Interior
The new mid-size SUV is going to be 197 inches long, with a wheelbase length 114 in. Width is 78 inches, and height 69 in. Depending on configurations and trim levels, the weight will be between 4,100 and 4,500 pounds. Compared to Sorento, the 2020 Kia Telluride is 8 inches longer, wheelbase gets a 5-inch extension, as well as height (4 inches) and width (3 inches).
The interior of the 2020 Kia Telluride will offer seven seating spots. The company didn’t release details about capacities and cabin size. However, we know the new SUV will use similar trim levels as its siblings. The entry-level model is going to be L. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features. A 10-inch display is right at the center of the dashboard. It holds five USB ports and a wireless charging pad. The next model, LX adds more features, especially in safety segment. Blind spot collision alert and the rear cross traffic collision warning are available. Leather seats appear with the EX trim level. We will also get larger wheels, and above-mentioned self-leveling rear suspension. Alloy wheels, panoramic moonroof, Nappa leather, premium audio system, and 360-degree camera are some of the upgrades the Telluride SX model is adding.
2020 Kia Telluride vs Hyundai Palisade
Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer… these are some of the rivals for the 2020 Kia Telluride. But, buyers will have a major doubt when purchasing a new mid-size seven-seat SUV – shall they buy Kia’s or Hyundai’s vehicle? Definitely, a rivalry 2020 Kia Telluride vs Hyundai Palisade is one to watch during next season. Both companies are growing fast, and although they cooperate in some segments, buyers are these that make them rivals. Details will be decisive, although Hyundai could be in an advantage. They already announced a full-size, luxury, and off-road SUVs to compete with all the leading vehicles. Pretty ambitious plan. On the other hand, Kia is quietly overtaking the market. Well, its popularity is still far away from the US and Japanese companies.