The time has come – the Kia Telluride hybrid SUV may just be around the corner. We saw theTelluride spy shots in September, and even theTelluride concept at 2018 Fashion Week. During the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, Kia Motors rolled in with modified vehicles, theirKia Forte GT line, andfive concepts for the Kia Telluride. Now, within a month of the 2019 North American International Auto Show (also known as the Detroit Auto Show), Kia Motors unwrapped an early holiday present by showing us a production-ready 2020 Telluride with an official teaser video.
“Expect the unexpected, with Kia Design.”
That’s the ending tagline for the above video, stated by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Design Center America. Kia Motors is doing something with the Telluride that the automaker has never done before – they’re building a full-size premium SUV. It’s different for the automaker; Kia isn’t known for premium SUVs, just like they weren’t known for sports cars. Well, they surprised everyone when the Kia Stinger came out, and so far it’s a winner. TheKia Stinger has won countless awards throughout 2018.
When designing the Kia Telluride, there was a pretty simple introduction.
Testing it out on the Kia Stinger, Kia Motors announced their next-generation “CK D-AWD” system at the Hyundai Motor Group’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea. Those acronyms stand for the Stinger’s chassis code (CK) and “Dynamic All-Wheel Drive”. The Kia Stinger is already plenty successful, but Kia Motors knows better than to ride that wave out. They’re looking into making their prized pony even more fun to drive, and that starts with D-AWD.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) comes standard on the2018 Kia Stinger, with all-wheel drive as the optional drivetrain. For 2019, instead of choosing between two drivetrains, consumers get RWD automatically, but can opt-in for an all-wheel drive electronically-controlled transfer case. Sound familiar? It’s the same technology found on Jeep® vehicles and other off-road automobiles.