2020 Kia Telluride makes surprise debut at New York Fashion Week

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About two and a half years after

the concept’s debut in Detroit

, the (mostly) production 2020


Telluride has been revealed in New York for New York Fashion Week. The odd location for the reveal has to do with a partnership with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell who got Kia to donate to his childhood school district in Marfa, Texas, as part of the deal to show the SUV at the show. It has also been customized to fit Maxwell’s Texas-themed line of fashion for spring and summer of 2019.

Although the production SUV is partly obscured by custom features such as the off-road bumpers, skid plates, auxiliary lights, ladder and spare tire, we still have our best look yet at the SUV. There’s still clearly a lot of influence from the old concept, but there’s also been quite a bit of compromise for production. It’s a clean design that’s still pretty squared off. The headlight and grille design borrow heavily from the concept, and the taillights are pulled right from it. It’s all much taller, now though, and more rounded. The rear hatch isn’t upright and vertical anymore, the front fascia has been given an arc to it that softens it, and the proportions between the headlights and grille seem a little off.

Kia is still keeping many of the technical details under wraps. The company did say that the Telluride will have seating for up to 8 passengers, and that it’s a few inches longer and wider than the current largest


in its line, the 7-passenger


. It will also have a V6 under the hood. Availability and pricing still have yet to be announced, but

we expect it to go on sale early next year

. Kia did say that the crossover will be assembled at its factory in Georgia.

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