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The 2020 Kia Telluride is the boxy, mountain-climbing Kia we’ve been waiting for

The 2020 Kia Telluride made its debut today at the Detroit Auto Show. This new three-row SUV will sit on top of the Sorento.

“The Telluride will do to SUVs what the Stinger did to sedans,” said joyfully Saad Chehab, vice president of marketing communications for Kia Motors America during the unveiling of Kia’s last SUV at the Detroit Auto Show. In 2016, Kia had unveiled a concept of this new SUV. And to our surprise, the production model looks a lot like the prototype. The 2020 Kia Telluride will be available in four trims, LX, EX, S and SX.

This is officially the largest Kia ever and it can sit up to 7 passengers. It gets its motivation thanks to a 3.8-liter GDI V6 powerplant that boasts 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, which is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Of course, the Telluride comes with available all-wheel drive with multiple driving modes. “Eco” and “Smart” modes deliver 100 percent power to the front wheels. “Comfort” and “Snow” modes deliver 80 percent power to the front wheels and 20 percent to rear. Sport mode splits the power 65-35 percent between the front and the back. And, finally, “Lock” mode splits power evenly to all four wheels. The Telluride also features an available self-leveling rear suspension, optional on EX and SX, that calibrates ride height depending on driving conditions. Towing capacity is rated at 5000 pounds.

The 2020 Kia Telluride will go on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the production date.

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Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé has been contributing at MotorIllustrated.com for over a year, and for the NetMedia360 network for nearly three years now. His passion for everything automotive comes from a career as a mechanic, but also from the family vehicle collection that includes a 996 Porsche Turbo and a 2004 Ford GT. We've been bugging him to drive the GT, but he hasn't responded. Send L-P an email

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