The Telluride is a brand-new model from the Korean carmaker, and also the biggest one. After years of waiting, Kia has finally introduced a genuine three-row mid-size SUV and the first impressions are great. The new model is spacious and full of features, and we have no doubt that the styling will be one of its strongest points. On the other side, we don’t like the fact that there is just one engine in the offer. Still, that can easily be changed with the 2021 Kia Telluride. Although we are talking about a second production year, bigger changes are still possible, especially under the hood. After all, some reports are suggesting a hybrid version, which would be quite interesting to see.
On the other side, the overall design will remain the same, so you may count on a roomy cabin, which makes this model an excellent family SUV. We expect to see it sometime in the last quarter of the next year.
How spacious is Kia Telluride?
Well, the best way to give you a clear picture is to say that a wheelbase measures 114.2 inches. For comparison, that’s almost five inches more compared to Sorento. Compared to the segment rivals, theses are typical numbers for the class, though we would add that these are slightly bigger numbers compared to potentially closest rivals, models like Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.
On the inside, this model feels like a real family SUV. We like the fact that the third row also packs three seats, which isn’t the most common thing among mid-size crossovers. When it comes to the first row, there is around 41.4 inches of legroom, which are typical numbers for the class. The second row is where 2021 Kia Telluride will really shine, just like the current model. Here you can count on 42.4 inches of legroom, which are some of the highest ratings among all mid-size crossover. Therefore, there’s no doubt that passengers in the second row will really enjoy it. Finally, we came to the third row. Here, you may count on about 31.5 inches, which isn’t the number that promises spectacular comfort, but definitely ensures a decent level of usability and practicality.
The cargo area is another aspect where 2021 Kia Telluride will beat most rivals. You will definitely appreciate the fact that there are 21 cubic feet behind the third row. The overall capacity is also impressive and goes around 87 cubic feet.
2021 Kia Telluride Changes
When it comes to possible 2021 Kia Telluride changes, we don’t expect to see many of them. As we are talking about a brand-new model, it doesn’t seem natural to see any major change for the second production year. This particularly refers to aesthetics, where Telluride really shines. The styling is definitely one of the model’s strongest points, while the cabin looks equally amazing. Therefore, the best we could see for the next year is the addition of new color options and interior schemes, along with a couple of new standard features.
Also, changes are possible under the hood as well. The initial model came with just one engine in the offer, so additions in the near future are possible. According to the latest reports, the 2021 Kia Telluride Hybrid seems quite possible, although details are still unavailable.
Interior Design and Features
The cabin of this crossover is not just spacious but also looks pretty nice. Times, when Korean carmakers were famous for cheap plastics, are gone. This model looks attractive and also features loads of soft-touch materials. Synthetic leather is standard, as well as power-sliding-and-folding second-row seats. As we already mentioned, the second row is particularly spacious, but you have even better comfort if you pick optional second-row captain’s chairs. Other available features are things like leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats and more.
In terms of tech features, all models come standard with things like an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and six USB ports. Additionally, you can get a bigger touchscreen, navigation, wireless charging, premium audio system, head-up display and more.
2021 Kia Telluride Engine
Until we hear anything from the officials about the powertrains, a 3.8-liter V6 remains the only certain option for the 2021 Kia Telluride. It is a well-rounded engine, which is quite powerful but also features a quite decent economy. You may count on 291 horsepower, which ensures quite convenient ride. On the other side, 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway are pretty typical numbers for the class. The engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and you can also opt for an all-wheel-drive version.
When does 2021 Kia Telluride come out?
At this point, it is still early to talk about any more precise date, especially if we consider the possible hybrid version. Still, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Kia Telluride won’t hit the market before the last quarter of 2020, even if we see novelties under the hood. The current model starts at around 32.000 dollars.