Last week at the Detroit Auto Show, Korean brand Kia presented a concept version of what could be their next full-size utility vehicle that would be positioned above the current Kia Sorento.
The Kia Telluride Concept looks like no other current Kia product, as it suggests a possible new direction the brand would explore for future vehicle designs. The Telluride boasts a square overall shape, with a tall greenhouse and a muscular posture, looking particularly good in its cloak of Dark Pyrite green paint and riding on 22-inch wheels.
The Telluride puts the focus on luxury and well-being, with four leather-trimmed captain’s chairs and a foldable third-row bench. The individual seats include Smart Sensors to monitor each occupant’s vital health information, which is then displayed on door panel screens. The system can activate an overhead LED panel for a session of energy replenishing light therapy. In addition to a seven-speaker, Harman Kardon sound system, the Kia Telluride Concept features gesture control software and wireless phone charging.
A plug-in hybrid powertrain is said to equip the Telluride, which consists of a 270-horsepower 3.5-litre V6, an electric motor and all-wheel drive. Kia claims a combined output of 400 hp and a fuel economy rating of 7.8 L/100km on the highway.
Kia officially has no plans to produce the Telluride Concept, but would likely change its mind if demand for a big, three-row SUV is strong enough.