KIA Telluride offers rugged luxury

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KIA Telluride

Staff Report

Large, bold, capable and comfortable, the midsize Kia Telluride SUV opens the door to exploring in a whole new way. The new Telluride is all about big skies, desert roads, mountain passes, shady forests, smooth highways, and long coastal drives.

The largest Kia ever, the Telluride provides comfortable seating for up to eight occupants, a powerful 291 hp 3.8-liter V6 engine, optional active on-demand all-wheel drive, and an inspiring view of the world. In short, the Telluride offers potential for exploration and adventure on every drive.

From the first pencil stroke, the design of Telluride is meant to convey the kind of presence associated with the original legendary SUVs. It is big, bold and boxy, with its robust shapes suggesting a ‘go anywhere, do anything’ attitude. The Telluride’s sophisticated exterior accents also hint at its interior luxury. Its main design cues include a long, broad hood and wide ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front, hinting at its significant power. These are matched by bold, stacked headlamps designed to convey power and stability, and inverted L-shaped LED tail lamps. Elongated Telluride nameplates on the leading edge of the hood and on the tailgate provide a distinctive identity for Kia’s flagship SUV, and, in profile, its upright windshield and clean side profile convey a degree of muscular tension. A sculpted rear skid plate, with integrated twin exhaust tips, reference the car’s off-road ability and power.

Inside, the Telluride’s cabin is designed to continue the impression of upscale exploration. Grab handles are integrated into the center console, suggestive of journeys off the beaten track, while its wide console is finished in premium materials, with horizontal shapes designed to convey a great sense of spaciousness. The Telluride is more ‘luxury living room’ than ‘utility vehicle’. Its spacious cabin provides generous hip, shoulder, leg and headroom for all occupants, including those in the third row.

The Telluride is available with Kia’s new 10.25-inch color touchscreen system with rearview monitor and parking guidance, and can be specified with a powerful 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system (AM/FM) with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and Clari-Fi technology, which can restore the rich, original sound of music lost during the digital audio compression process. Ideal for families travelling with an array of mobile devices, the car can also be specified with optional wireless smartphone charging and multi-Bluetooth wireless connectivity, which allows two phones to connect to the car simultaneously, and up to six USB charging ports – two in each row (with five USB ports as standard). – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com