In 2016 we saw the release of the Kia Telluride concept, which was presented as a 7 seat crossover that was built on the Sorento platform. Not much is said about the concept but we do know that the concept car will be a little modified and the 2017 Kia Telluride is what will be the case. This brand new car is basically a production ready car but the official release of the Telluride was still not announced. Sorento does fit 2 markets and does not do that well in them. However, with the Kia Telluride it is said that the Sorento will just remain in the 5 seats upmarket model.
Is The 2017 Kia Telluride Needed?
The Korean car maker is definitely interested in covering a larger part of the market in a much better way than it does now but that does not mean a new SUV would actually be needed. Hyundai takes a similar approach with the Santa Fe, without much success. Both Hyundai and Kia try to fit gaps with their new cars. This means that a little more success should appear. Telluride will utilize the Sorento platform but will move towards another stricter niche.
At the moment we do know different things about the 2017 Kia Telluride but changes are sure to appear. A suspension system upgrade is expected and cabin materials should become better by the time of the launch. It is expected that the official release date, when you will be able to buy it will be around January 2018 but until the official announcement comes, this should not be seen as a definitive date.
The original Telluride concept SUV had a pretty bad interior. However, at the release date we do expect to see something much similar to the Sorento. Telluride is expected to become an upmarket car that competes with Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. SUV car will surely be around $10,000 more than what the Sorento goes for.
The original KIA Telluride featured a hybrid powertrain. The 2017 Kia Telluride is definitely going to offer conventional engines. At this price point it is expected to see various engine choices. This car will likely include a 3.3 L V6 and a 3.3 L V6 twin-turbo with more hp and torque. Kia Teluride is aimed to bring in a lot of power, which is necessary in this market.