Kia launches the all-new Telluride SUV in the UAE
Kiaâ€™s new flagship SUV has finally set foot in the United Arab Emirates. The 2020 Telluride is the Korean carmakerâ€™s latest offering in the market, and is now officially on sale at a Kia showroom near you. Premiering at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, the Kia Telluride shares its underpinnings with its new Hyundai Palisade cousin. Coined after a town in Colorado, USA thatâ€™s famous for its ski resorts, this seven-seat crossover SUV has gained much attention since its auto show debut.
Sketched at Kiaâ€™s US design studio, the new Tellurideâ€™s vastness is a definite eye-catcher. From nose to tail, it stretches a solid 5 metres in length, and its near 2-metre wide and 1.75-metre tall frame are all equally impressive in the flesh. The expansive bonnet wears a prominent â€œTellurideâ€ badge, while the wide chrome-laden grille is flanked by bold, vertically-arranged LED headlights. The sculpted bumper houses up to four air-intake vents and some sleek LED fog lights as well.
The intimidating stance is further amplified by the Tellurideâ€™s large 20-inch alloy wheels, muscular shoulder line, and pronounced wheel arches. The most distinctive design elements at the back include the inverted L-shaped LED taillights, a chrome model insignia, and a beefed up bumper with twin-exhausts and a skid plate.
The interior of the Telluride accentuates Kiaâ€™s focus on contemporary and upmarket design, amalgamated with great build, sophisticated fit-and-finish, and suitably posh materials. The placement of all the switchgear and control surfaces are ergonomically and practically laid out, too. The 2.9-metre long wheelbase of the Telluride pays tangible dividends when it comes to the cabin room. In the meantime, the comfortable seats, large windows, and a dual split-sunroof also create an airy and hospitable environment for all seven occupants onboard.
Kia has also packed their flagship SUV with neat features such as adaptive headlights, multi-mode drive/terrain select system, electronic parking brake with auto hold function, ventilated and massaging front seats, multi-zone climate control, ambient lighting, wireless charging pad, a responsive 10.25-inch touch-infotainment head unit with built-in navigation, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus a fantastic 10-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system among others.
The Telluride is also brimming with some of the most latest in vehicle safety equipment – seven airbags, electronic stability programme, traction control system, active headrests, blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist, lane-departure warning, head-up display, and a 360-degree parking assist system with surround-view cameras.
Power comes from a slightly reworked variant of Kiaâ€™s long-running and dependable Lambda V6 engine. In the Telluride, this direct-injected 3.8-litre petrol unit makes 291 hp at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm of peak torque at 5,200 rpm. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed torque-converter automatic, which then sends the engineâ€™s grunt to an adaptive all-wheel drive system. Depending on the terrain, position of the drive mode selector, and prevailing road surface conditions, the Tellurideâ€™s AWD computers can split torque to individual wheels as and when required. Put all this together, and the Telluride can hustle to the 100 km/h mark in just over 8 seconds.
The Kia Telluride is fitted with modern independent suspension all around – MacPherson struts up front, and a multi-link setup at the rear. Even though Kia has dialled the suspension primarily keeping comfort and the occasional sandy excursions in mind, the Telluride doesnâ€™t exactly fall over in the bends. It holds onto the road plenty well, and despite some body roll, it never feels unnerving or ill-mannered. In the UAE, the base Kia Telluride costs AED 119,000, while the full bells-and-whistles SX trim comes in at AED 170,000.