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Updates for the Kia Telluride Concept

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Does everyone remember the Kia Telluride concept? It’s a futuristic looking SUV from the inside and out and it’s the latest Kia concept to get the greenlight for production. Considering the anticipation and initial success of the 2018 Kia Stinger, we’re pretty interested to see how this new SUV by Kia will do. AutoGuide.com named the Kia Stinger as the 2018 Car of the Year, and the publication said it will “… change things for the whole [auto] industry.” Will Kia turn the auto industry upside down again?

Latest News and Rumors

The latest news we’ve received about the Kia Telluride concept is mainly based on rumors, speculation and a lot of hints from Orth Hedrick, VP of Planning and Strategy for Kia Motors America. According to TopSpeed.com, Hedrick is quoted to have hinted at a new crossover vehicle that will join the K900 in Kia Motors’ luxury lineup. Now, that statement in and of itself is pretty solid.

The K900 is by far one of the coolest luxury vehicles out there. We won’t go into too much detail, but if you read our piece on 2019 Kia Sedona Updates, we included some bits about the upcoming 2019 Kia K900. We especially liked the available 12.3-inch Human Machine Interface (HMI) touchscreen, 7-speaker Harman Kardon/Lexicon system, and the upgraded interior, designed with a combination of metal veneers, open pore matte wood selections, and soft leather (available in Black, Beige, Espresso Brown, or two-tone Sienna Brown colors).

It all sounds pretty fancy, but what classifies a vehicle as being a “luxury vehicle”? On Wikipedia, the definition of a “Luxury vehicle” is a “ marketing term for a vehicle that provides luxury—pleasant or desirable features beyond strict necessity—at increased expense.” It goes on to say that the term suggests “a vehicle with higher quality equipment, better performance, more precise construction, comfort, higher design, technologically innovative modern, or features that convey an image, brand, status, or prestige …”

Now look at the K900. Hedrick is also quoted calling a K900-based crossover a “natural thing.” If we’re going to go by the above statements and data, then let’s take a look at all the Kia Telluride concept has to offer.

If we were to compare the Telluride with the features offered by the 2019 K900, the interior seems up to par with those of a luxury vehicle. The Telluride concept has leather-trimmed front and second-row seats, and the second-row seats are captain’s chairs versus bucket seats for that sense of “class.” The second-row seats also have foldaway footrests so passengers can put their feet up. Kinda sounds like a Lazy-Boy-themed cabin.

The technology in the Kia Telluride concept is even crazier. The cabin features a wing-shaped, ceiling mounted LED panel that has a Light-Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) therapeutic system. The LER system is made up of hundreds of tiny LED lights and not only do they provide plenty of light, but they can improve passengers’ mood and energy levels.

When it comes to entertainment, the Kia Telluride is said to have a fingerprint-activated push-button start, a Swipe Command touch-sensitive second-row media-control band, and wireless charging. The Swipe Command media-control band is a nifty feature that will give the second-row passengers access to multimedia and a touchscreen of their own – much like the Uconnect Theatre package in the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Oh, and a seven-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system with wireless headphones will be available for quality listening pleasure.

Yeah, we can see how one could call the upcoming Kia Telluride SUV a luxury vehicle. With all these nifty gadgets and luxurious features so far, we can’t wait to see what else will be in store for the Kia Telluride. Said to be available in the next few years, we don’t know when the Telluride will debut, but a previous concept showed up at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, and again in late 2017. Production of the Telluride was given the greenlight in January, so it may be a “sooner than later” sort of thing.

Stay in touch with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media, and we’ll have all the up-to-date information for the Kia Telluride and other Kia models available in our inventory at Miami Lakes Automall.

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2018 Kia Stinger vs 2018 Porsche Panamera vs BMW 640i

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See for yourself what makes the 2018 Kia Stinger such an exciting vehicle, right from inception. Take a closer look at the comparison in the video below between the Kia Stinger GT, the BMW 640i and Porsche Panamera. Testing was done by AMCI Testing, an independent company, and it included four tests (0-60 mph acceleration test, cornering test, a closed-course lap, and the slalom) designed to showcase the unique abilities of these vehicles.

Did you think this would be a fair race between the comparison of a Kia and a Porsche. Yes, yes. Yes, indeed! Most readers would be surprised to know the 2018 Kia Stinger is as fast (yes, it is) reliable (yes, it is.) and stunningly cheaper than the Porsche Paramera. (Yes, of course!)

Price Point

What really makes this competition unique is the price difference between both models. The Kia Stinger and the Porsche Panamera are both performance sportscars, but there’s a huge price difference between the two models. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT with Limited Slip Differential package is $41,250 (plus destination fees) and the 2018 Porsche Panamera with a 3.0-liter V6 engine has a starting MSRP of $89,600, which is more than double the cost of the Kia Stinger!!

Engine

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT produces 365 horsepower with 376-lb-ft of torque with a gusty twin turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine. The 2018 Kia Stinger also has a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine as well. The Porsche Panamera 3.0-liter V6 engine.

Acceleration

The 2018 Kia Stinger has wicked fast speed and gets up 168 MPH, and it accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds, which was faster than the Porsche Panamera. The Porsche Panamera accelerates from 0-60 mph in more than 5.1 seconds, hitting 192 MPH as a top speed. Remarkable speed and acceleration from the 2018 Kia Stinger to beat the competition.

Corner Steering and Turning Comparison

While the Kia Stinger is faster than the Porsche, it didn’t grip quite as well as the Porsche Panamera during the corner G-Force test, but it performed better than the 2018 BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport. Unless you’re traveling at very high speeds while turning, that’s not important enough to make any driver want a Porsche over the 2018 Kia Stinger.

Slalom

Moving through a straight line while curving around cones presented no problem for the Kia Stinger as it was only 0.2 seconds slower than the the time the Porsche Panamera 3.0-liter V6 achieved. Moving fluidly, showing the ultimate response speed that owners of the 2018 Kia Stinger can expect fast performance that’s exactly what makes the ride so exciting.

Closed-Course Lap Performance

In the closed-course lap, the 2018 Kia Stinger was able to showcase that it’s more than just a sporty looking vehicle. In the test, the Stinger proved to be a fast vehicle with impressive speed and performance as it completed the closed-course lap ahead of both the Porsche Panamera and BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport with a time of 45.70 seconds. Yeah, that’s right, the Kia Stinger beat the BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport in all four tests.

See For Yourself

Has the 2018 Kia Stinger impressed you yet? It has impressed us a great deal. From the low price, the edgy speed and remarkable handling, the Kia Stinger is truly something new and exciting.

Visit us at Miami Lakes Automall to experience the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger for yourself. Our professional staff can’t wait to show off this brand new vehicle to you for a test-drive (we love to ride in this vehicle as much as you will). We’re open seven days a week and every day is a great day to test out this fast-moving, super exciting 2018 Kia Stinger.

2018 Kia Niro Touring is an All-Around 10/10

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Introduced in 2017, the Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover and its a head turner and not only does it look great, but it’s a Kia, so it’s manufactured by a great company. The first year the Niro was available it was rated Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and considering how well Kia and the Kia Niro have been doing lately, we won’t be surprised to see the Kia Niro earn the same rating for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Kia Niro lineup includes four trims, and the most impressive model is the Kia Niro Touring. All Kia Niro models are equipped with a hybrid powertrain. The powertrain is made up of a 104-horsepower 1.6-liter I4 engine and a 1.56 kWh lithium ion polymer battery paired to an electric motor and a 6-speed automatic transmission. When the vehicle is working in hybrid mode, the Niro produces a combined 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Phenomenal Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is always on the minds of drivers, but you can sit back wearing a smile knowing the 2018 Kia Niro Touring averages 46 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and has a compared city/highway fuel economy of 43 mpg. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver will spend about $900 per year in fuel costs driving the Kia Niro and drivers of the Kia Niro will save about $2,500 in fuel costs in five years in comparison to the average vehicle.  

The 2018 Kia Niro Touring edition is charming both inside and out. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this vehicle something to be on your list of vehicles to own.

Interior Details

Few vehicles provide a great ride with as much space and technology as the Kia Niro has From a 8.0-inch navigation system that is easy to use to the eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, the overall picture of the Kia Niro is that its a vehicle made for the 21st century. With adaptive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, drivers can commute while answering calls hands free and enjoy the premium sounds of their Harman Kardon premium audio system inside a spacious, secure cabin.

Loaded with features from bumper to bumper, including Active Eco and Sport driving modes, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring has leather upholstery, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with warm heated and ventilated front seats. Owners can enjoy additional standard features like a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel and mood lighting. Another nice surprise of modern technology is wireless phone charging, which is a standard feature on the 2018 Kia Niro Touring.

Exterior Details

The Kia Niro is not your traditional hybrid crossover. Sporting a fresh sleek look, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring has HID headlights and keep a similar look of other Kia Niro trims overall on the exterior. Recently announced, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring Graphite Editions includes Platinum Graphite paint and Glassy Black 18-inch wheels and roof rail included a metallic colored grille, and 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar.

Safety Secures Peace of Mind

Between all the new technology, comfort of leather and a large navigation screen, perhaps the best feeling owners can have while driving a Kia Niro Touring is knowing how safe they are. Lane Keep Assist and adaptive cruise control comes standard with rear cross traffic alert and a rearview camera to help assist drivers pave the way for peace of mind. Front and rear parking sensors, a Forward Collision Warning system are also standard.

With a warranty that includes a 100,000-mile or 10-year limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, drivers can feel secure and confident about owning the Niro.

The Next Step

See for yourself what makes the new 2018 Kia Niro Touring a special vehicle. Curious about a test drive? Come drive a 2018 Kia Niro Touring with us today at Miami Lakes Automall and we’ll show you what you’ve been missing out on! Our professional team can’t wait to help you buy, lease or trade in your vehicle to take home the 2018 Kia Niro Touring.

Why 5 Kia Models Are Highest in Initial Quality in Their Class

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When the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study ratings were revealed, Kia Motors earned the top spot on the list. Several of their vehicles won awards in their respective car class segments, too. These were the Kia Cadenza in the large sedan segment; the Kia Forte in the compact car category; the new Kia Niro in the small SUV segment; the Kia Sorento in the midsize SUV segment; and the hip Kia Soul in the small multi-purpose vehicle segment.

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