With the 2020 Kia Telluride going into production, Kia Motors has finally released all of the specs about this SUV in a recent press release. Now that the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride has made its official on-road and off-road debut, the new SUV is not the typical family vehicle. Built after its namesake, the midsize Telluride SUV tackled mountain passes, rugged off-road trails, and nearly every other kind of road during some test driving rounds in Colorado. It’s the largest Kia model to date, powered by a 291hp 3.8-liter V6, and ready for adventure. Here are some of the highlights.
Powertrain and Engineering
Let’s talk about what’s going on under the hood. The only option mentioned is an Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8-liter V6 engine, optimized with gasoline direct injection for faster combustion cycles, and able to generate 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed transmission, the standard drivetrain will presumably be front-wheel drive (FWD), but all-wheel drive (AWD) is quickly becoming a popular option making its way into Kia Motors vehicles.
With four-wheel independent suspension, an available active on-demand all-wheel drive system provides enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and driver input. The system utilizes electro-hydraulic AWD coupling to precisely activate the multi-plate clutch plate, that in turn constantly redistributes the amount of power transferred to the front and rear wheels. This is especially noticeable when switching between one of four drive modes – Smart, Eco, Sport, and Comfort.
Each mode has different settings for powertrain, drivetrain, and steering effort mapping to provide the desired driving experience. If a driver were to select “Eco” or “Comfort” mode, up to 35-percent of power will be delivered to the rear wheels. In “Sport”, “Smart”, and “Snow” modes, up to 50 percent of the power is delivered to the rear wheels. If choosing “AWD Lock” mode, then power is distributed evenly to all four wheels.
The largest Kia model in the lineup, the 2020 Kia Telluride also comes with a long, broad, and wide grille with bold, stacked headlamps to convey power and stability. The upright windshield offers a clean look from all angles while still offering a little gruff. For a distinct identity, an elongated nameplate goes across the hood and a sculpted rear skid plate with integrated twin exhaust tips reference off-road ability and power (standard on S, EX and SX trims). Standard on EX and SX trims is an addition of style with inverted “L” tail lamps with LED stripes.
Inside, the cabin is just as luxurious and upscale as the exterior. Spacious with plenty of room and a third row, the cabin conveys a sense of a living room and less like a utility vehicle with its wide console and premium features. Reclining third-row seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ceiling-mounted second-row climate control, brushed metal and matte-finished wood all give the interior a sense of class. Available features noted in the double-stitched, quilted and extra-padded Nappa leather trim upholstery, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The Kia Telluride sports technology galore with a lot of available upgrades. Consumers will definitely want to sweeten the pot with a 10.25-inch color touchscreen with rearview monitor and parking guidance, wireless smartphone charging, six USB charging ports (two in each row), multi-Bluetooth wireless connectivity that allows two phones to connect simultaneously for audio streaming, and a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM) with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and Clari-Fi. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. The Telluride is also equipped with the UVO telematics system, featuring an embedded modem that allows Telluride consumers to monitor and control a number of vehicle operations, including: Remote start and door lock, ability to precondition the vehicle cabin temperature, seats and steering wheel prior to use (only on EX and SX trims), and a rear occupant alert.
In terms of safety, the Kia Telluride has a large collection of safety features. In addition, the “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) will be available. These include Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist-Rear (BCA-R), Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Parking Distance Warning – Forward (available) and Reverse, Surround View Monitor (SVM), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), and Safe Exist Assist (SEA).
Unique to the Telluride, a heads-up display that provides the driver with additional information is available. A new system called “Driver Talk” allows the driver to communicate with second- and third-row passengers more clearly with a microphone so that drivers don’t need to turn back and take one’s eyes off the road. A new “Quiet Mode” has also been added, allowing the driver to cut audio output in the second and third row so the audio choices of the front occupants are only heard in that row.