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Kia Announces Production of Three Row Telluride SUV

KIA to Build Large Telluride SUV Crossover

Kia design boss Peter Schreyer confirmed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that the KIA Telluride, the company’s three-row large SUV crossover concept, will be going into production. In a discussion with Australian media, as reported by Motoring.com.au, Schreyer said, “For sure, we are working on that car,” but didn’t clarify exactly where the car will be made available.

We first saw the Telluride at the 2016 North American International Auto Show with a 300kw, 400hp 3.5L V-6 plug-in Hybrid motor. Kia’s largest-ever SUV concept was noted as being longer than a Toyota Land Cruiser, which says something about its cargo space and the competition it’s aimed at. While the Telluride’s luxurious interior and Rolls-Royce–like suicide doors and bodylines mark it competition with the Land Cruiser in the trim line department, its off-road capability has yet to be tested in the public eye. We’re curious to see how the large Kia will perform off the beaten path—whether it leans more to the crossover or SUV classification is still to be determined.

Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith made it apparent that he would like to add the Telluride to Kia’s line in Australia; however, nobody has confirmed or denied a right-hand-drive model as of yet, so its position in the global market is still a mystery. He also said that the expansion of Kia’s crossover and SUV line will give Kia more compelling vehicles for future markets. “SUVs are still unstoppable and this is why we are working on a lot of SUV theory, concepts, and variations,” Peter Schreyer noted.