2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride: Luxury SUV Goes From Concept to Creation

Kia gave us a sneak peak of its new luxury full-size crossover SUV at New York Fashion Week. The 2020 Kia Telluride took the stage alongside Brandon Maxwell’s Texas-inspired runway collection.

The 2020 Kia Telluride is an all-new model that will hit dealer showrooms in early 2019. The big eight-passenger luxury SUV was first shown as a concept vehicle at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

We caught our first glimpse of a much-closer-to-production vehicle this week at New York Fashion Week. But the 2020 Kia Telluride will officially debut at the International Auto Show in January.

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

There is little real info out yet about the upcoming Telluride. What we do know is that it will be a V6-powered, full-size luxury crossover SUV. It will be “several inches” longer and wider than Kia’s seven-passenger Sorento midsize crossover SUV, according to Kia.

We also know that it was designed in Irvine, Calif., and will be manufactured in West Point, Ga. Despite Kia’s Korean roots, this is an American SUV through and through.

Kia Telluride at Fashion Week

2020 Kia Telluride

The vehicle greeted onlookers at New York Fashion Week and gave a good glimpse of what’s to come. As part of Fashion Week, though, it’s a very stylized and accessorized version of what you’ll see on dealer lots.

2020 Kia Telluride

Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell included the 2020 Kia Telluride in his latest Texas-inspired runway fashion collection. Saddle-themed, double-stitched leather accents throughout the build tied in the Texas motif. This custom leatherwork even graced the outside rearview mirrors, door handles, and roof rack. Natural wood accents inside and out also complemented the leather touches.

2020 Kia Telluride

This show truck also carried a number of off-road accessories that give it real presence and capability. Skid plates, sidestep sills, and custom front and rear bumpers added some vehicle protection. A hidden winch, recovery hooks, off-road lights, a snorkel, and rear hatch spare-tire mount let you know this vehicle means business.

Plus, 30-inch (265/50R) all-terrain tires wrapped on 20-inch black alloy wheels finished off the aggressive look. And the SUV’s dark-green paint paid homage to the color shown on the concept Telluride from back in 2016.

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Bryon Dorr caught the outdoor adventure addiction through whitewater kayaking, and worldwide adventures to remote places ensued. He crafted his own professional path as a photographer, journalist and marketing consultant in the automotive and outdoor industries, while full time overland traveling for nearly 8 years. You’ll usually find him out exploring by adventure motorcycle or 4x4, while seeking out opportunities to ski, mountain bike and kayak.

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