Kia's new large SUV concept uses 3D printed parts and a new, touch-sensative infotainment system to form a more luxurious interior

Kia has revealed the Telluride concept SUV it has been teasing over the past few days at the Detroit motor show.

The new model provides a glimpse into the future of Kia’s design and technology, suggesting the carmaker is eager to enter the large SUV market that’s still so popular in North America. As such, the SUV is as large as it looks in pictures, standing 1800mm tall, 2029mm wide and 5001mm long.

It sits on 22-inch five-spoke wheels and flaunts a muscular profile that has been designed by Kia’s Design Centre America. Focus has been placed on making the Telluride as practical as possible, so the rear doors swing open a full 90 degrees in opposing directions, and there are three rows of seats inside.

The middle seats can fold down almost flat, suggesting the SUV has been designed with long distance driving in mind, and there’s a new touch-sensitive infotainment system with wireless charging - which previews what’s to come in forthcoming Kias.

Power comes from a direct injection 3.5-litre V6 that produces 270bhp, mated to a 130bhp eletric motor. The hybrid drivetrain sends power to all four wheels, and is claimed to be good for 30mpg US (about 36 European mpg).

Kia says there are no plans to put the Telluride into production, but given how complete the concept looks, it appears that Kia is experimenting with the idea of building a similarly sized vehicle for the US market.

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8 January 2016

Tis is the new format of KDC then - lol As for the name given, it may of course catch on like zoom zoom managed but for the life of me I cant see me riding in a telluride !!! not with that name

what's life without imagination

11 January 2016

Is it just me, or are there strong XC90 styling cues here? Looks very Volvo in the exterior.

12 January 2016

You are not the only one, this problem will not go away until the far east comes up with original designs.

12 January 2016

You are not the only one, this problem will not go away until the far east comes up with original designs.

11 January 2016

The rear is ugly, the suicide doors won't make production and the choice of colour wsa awful. For the record, Telluride is a ski town in the U.S. state of Colorado. It has been common for trucks and SUVs sold in America to have names of towns to denote ruggedness: Chevy Tahoe and Colorado, Hyundai Santa Fe & Tucson, Chrysler Aspen, etc. Also, depending on its weight, it wouldn't hurt for Kia to consider borrowing the V8 from the Hyundai Genesis either if the truly want to be taken seriously in a country where petrol is currently running about 25p a litre.

12 January 2016

@papagomp No, not just you, I see that as well.

That front end is ugly. Interior is nice though.

12 January 2016

But this is such a blatant copy of the Volvo XC90, front and rear. Kia, surely you are better than this? Leave the blatant rip-offs to the Chinese!

12 January 2016

Can we see what it looked like before the 30mph front impact test?

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