2020 Kia Telluride – Strapping Cutting-Edge SUV

The 2020 Kia Telluride debuted last week at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) nodding the brands aspirations to overtake the mid-size SUV segment. The whip is designed and engineered in the USA, at its California design studio and Georgia plant respectively.

Boasted as a go-anywhere do-anything strapping SUV, the new Telluride offers rugged capability and advanced interior comfort. The boxy 8-passenger SUV is the largest Kia ever.

2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Kia Telluride

The spacious cabin of the new Telluride features quilted double-stitched Nappa leather upholstery adorned with brushed metal and matte finished wood. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard with optional heating. Heated and ventilated first and second row seats are available. Third-row seats recline and second row climate control is standard. A Heads-Up-Display will project navigation on the windshield along with blind spot warnings and speed limit.

The Telluride comes with five USB ports standard. An available 10.25 inch touchscreen has navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and controls for the 10-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound system. Bluetooth and wireless charging are options.

2020 Kia Telluride interior
2020 Kia Telluride interior

While Driver Talk tech uses a mic to communicate with the rear occupants, available Quiet Mode cuts audio output in the second and third rows so the audio in the front are only heard in that row.

Kia’s UVO telematics system allows drivers to start and activate climate systems remotely as well as send POI navigation settings.

The 2020 Kia Telluride has an Atkinson Cycle LAMDA II 3.8 liter V6 engine with 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The GDI V6 is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel independent suspension and a stiff high strength steel monocoque give the whip robust handling. While optional self-leveling rear suspension optimizes control and stability by auto-calibrating ride height.

Available on-demand all-wheel drive helps provide enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between front and rear wheels utilizing electro-hydraulic AWD coupling. During normal driving, power is distributed according to four drive modes and two settings, AWD Lock and Snow.

Eco and Smart modes deliver 100 percent power to the front wheels. Comfort and Snow modes deliver 80 percent power to the front wheels and 20 percent to the rear. Sport mode splits power 65/35 between front and back. Lock mode distributes power evenly.

2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Kia Telluride

Kia Drive Wise, an advanced driver assistance technology equipped in the Telluride includes a ton of standard features like Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist-R (BCA-R), Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM), Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist and a lot more.

Some of the more impressive tech signals advancements over many segment leaders. Lane Follow Assist will keep the SUV centered in its lane. Safe Exit Assist will keep the child safety lock activated if an object is approaching from the rear and keep it overridden until it passes. Rear Occupant Alert detects occupants or belongings in the backseats after the car has been locked and alerts the driver.