Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled its Kia Telluride Concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), providing a glimpse of what might be the future of its full-size SUVs. The three-row, seven-passenger Kia Telluride is essentially a preview of how the brand would want its premium SUV to be like if it decides to ever offer one. Underpinned by an existing platform, the Telluride features a muscular stance while being laden with the latest vehicle technologies.
Both the interior and exterior of the concept were designed by the brand’s studio in California. The Kia Telluride measures 70.9 inches in height, 79.1 inches in width and 196.9 inches in length, making it 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento. It sits on a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase of 121.3 inches (11.9 inches).
Wrapped in Dark Pyrite green paint, the appearance of the Telluride is accentuated by 22-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus ST 275/45R22 tires. Up front, the concept SUV features a larger version of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, as complemented by recessed quad-LED headlamps and pronounced horizontal LED indicator lights.
Completing the concept's front fascia is an imposing polished-metal skid plate placed below the bumper. On the opposite side, the concept features vertical taillights that match the SUV's contemporary design language. Moreover, the SUV features a number of styling cues on the front and rear door handles, dual exhaust tips and hood scoops.
Uncompromisingly, the Telluride features a powerful yet efficient PHEV powertrain that employs a 3.5-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) V6 engine and an electric motor. This transverse-mounted PHEV powertrain could develop 400 hp -- 270 hp from V6 and 130 hp from the electric motor – delivered through all four wheels via an advanced all-wheel drive system.
Astoundingly, this PHEV system could return over 30 mpg on the highway. Although Kia currently does not plan to bring the Telluride to production, the brand is known for assembling production vehicles that strongly resemble past concepts.