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The 2020 Kia Telluride is Kia Motors largest SUV. Blurring the lines of luxury and receiving a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Telluride has a lot going for it. The 2020 Kia Telluride even wins out on comparisons with competitors – even the Hyundai Palisade pales in the face of the 2020 Kia Telluride. However, when the 2020 Kia Telluride concept was first unveiled, there was a lot more in store than what made it into production. One of the reasons the 2020 Kia Telluride got the green light for production, and the reasons why it got the green light in the first place, was because of the great reception the concept received from consumers and reporters when it debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. So, imagine the surprise when half of the reasons why people liked it disappeared.
What We Were Promised
When the first concept of the 2020 Kia Telluride debuted in Detroit, it was supposed to be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) SUV. If Kia Motors could do it with a crossover, an SUV was the next logical step. We knew an internal combustion engine (ICE) would make up half the powertrain, but 3.8-liter Lambda DOHC 24-valve V6 engine dashed that plan. With Kia Motors planning to go all-electric, the Telluride PHEV may already be on the cutting room floor.
When the 2018 Kia Stinger was first unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, many people were impressed by the sports car. “Sporting” a couple of firsts for Kia, the Stinger was the first vehicle to resurrect the Lambda engine (first having popped up in the 2005 Sorento), was the first Kia sedan to come with all-wheel drive (optional), and introduced Kia’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system to help combat distracted/drowsy driving. With that in mind, the Kia Stinger was also one of, if not the first Kia vehicle, to receive the Kia Drive Wise Package. Filled with an assortment of advanced safety features, for a driver that wants eyes in the back of their head and a little clairvoyance, this is the package to get when shopping with Kia Motors. Here’s what the Drive Wise Package includes.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) – A system designed to alert the driver of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary vehicle/object via a sensor-operated chime. If an FCA, the system will also apply pressure to the brakes if driver input is not detected following the primary alert.
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist – A sensor that detects other vehicles located to the side and rear of a vehicle, and displays a graphic or turns on a small light in the side mirror if a vehicle is detected. The system also assists the driver by letting them know of approaching traffic in their blind spot so they can make a safe merge into the other lane via Lane Change Assist.
Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) – Like blind-spot detection, RCCW alerts the driver when backing out of a parking space where traffic is present or approaching from either side.
IF you thought the 2018 Kia Stinger was done winning awards, then you are mistaken, friend. Having first debuted in 2017 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the sporty sedan from Kia Motors continued to win hearts and awards from all over. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a revolutionary vehicle for Kia Motors and it has set the bar pretty high for the future of sports cars. The amount of power, control and convenience offered in all 2018 Kia Stinger trims is second-to-none.
Back when the 2018 Kia Stinger was first released, every auto blog wanted to get their hands on a new model for a first-drive review. Organizations like AutoGuide.com also made a leap for the Stinger when it came time to survey and test vehicles for their 2018 “Car of the Year” Award. Although going up against several competitors, the Kia Stinger not only won the 2018 Car of the Year award from AutoGuide.com but also the “2018 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award.”
“It’s the kind of disruptive car that will send its competitors kind of scrambling to keep up. Once you drive it, it really becomes obvious that this [the Kia Stinger] is something special. And this will change things for Kia as a brand and might even change things for the whole industry”. – Jodi Lai, Editor-in-Chief at AutoGuide.com.
You guys remember the Kia Telluride concept we posted about awhile back? It’s a futuristic-looking hybrid SUV with technologies that go way beyond some of the stuff we’re seeing pop up in automobiles today. Kia surprised the automarket when it came out with the Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid crossover. Then, Kia Motors pulled a fast one and released the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid (also known as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, PHEV) without any promotions whatsoever. Just bam! There it is.
Seems a hybrid SUV is next on the list of their alternative fuel and green vehicles, and that brings us to the Kia Telluride. It was initially a concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (2016 Detroit Auto Show). At the time, it was a little boxy in shape, had suicide doors, the signature Kia tiger-nose grille, a spacious cabin, and three rows of seats. A year later, the concept went live on the Kia Motors website, and the new design is taking some cues from the Kia Stinger. With more of a swooped-back roofline, a design quickly becoming popular, such is the look for the new 2019 Kia Forte as well, having debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
Kia Motors is definitely changing their game up. It all first started with the long-awaited 2018 Kia Stinger. The automaker said they’re going to put more focus on cars that drive as good as they look, and the Stinger was definitely the starting point of that endeavor. Well, just recently at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Kia debuted the new 2019 Kia Forte. Taking some cues from the Kia Stinger, the Forte has more style, a spacious cabin, and steps up its game with a new in-house powertrain.
Power and Driving
So first off, the powertrain is a little different than previous Kia Forte models. Although the engine lineup hasn’t been changed, there is a new transmission that improves fuel economy. The 2018 Forte engine option is still a 2.0-liter DOHC Inline-4 engine, and it was available with or without Atkinson Cycle tech. The Atkinson cycle is a process that has been found to benefit hybrid vehicles, having been first used in the 1997 Toyota Prius. Today, it is known as a combustion cycle for improving fuel efficiency.
Like other motor companies that make their own in-house engine technologies, Kia Motors introduced a new in-house continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 2019 model year. Named “Intelligent Variable Transmission” or “IVT” for short, consumers can expect to see this transmission option popping up in future Kia vehicles. The transmission maximizes fuel efficiency and works in tandem with the 147-horsepower I4 engine, offering the 2019 Kia Forte a combined fuel economy estimated at 35 mpg.