One of the most successful Asian SUVs in the western market is Kia Telluride. The Telluride is another big step forward for the Korean manufacturer, with this SUV they already gained big profit, but Kia Motor wants more from The Telluride, that why they developing the SUV edition for the 2021 model year. The brand-new model came just recently, as the 2020 model year and it is the biggest vehicle Kia has ever made. Moreover, it is a pretty luxurious and very attractive vehicle, and we have no doubt it will become an important player in the segment pretty soon. Considering that the 2021 Kia Telluride will represent the second production year, we have no doubt that the overall design will remain the same.
2021 Kia Telluride Design
For the new edition, the 2021 Kia Telluride is a new flagship crossover of the Korean carmaker. The first thing you’ll notice on it is a very attractive styling, characterized by bold shapes and lots of angular design solutions. Practically, it is designed in a manner of full-size SUV, though we are actually talking about a mid-size crossover. It has derived from the Sorento, and you will find the most similarities with Hyundai Palisade. The two models share mechanics, as well as size. Therefore, you may count on 114.2 inches between the axles, which is a quite typical wheelbase for the segment. Compared to rivals, that’s more than Highlander or Pilot, but less compared to models like VW Atlas and Chevy Traverse.
All in all, bigger 2021 Kia Telluride changes are not expected and the best we could see are actually new color options. Other than that, the visual appearance will remain the same. The same thing goes for the interior. Bigger changes are not expected. That means you may count on the same, very nice cabin design that looks pretty upscale. Just one look at the dashboard and you can notice that the company used hi-quality materials to build it. Materials are great, as well as the final touch, so there is really nothing to complain about in this aspect.
The same thing goes for interior comfort and functionality. This is a three-row crossover, with plenty of legroom. The
first row offers more than 41 inches of legroom, while the second is even more generous. The third row is relatively tight, but still more spacious than many rivals. We also like the cargo area, as you may count on pretty impressive 21 cubic feet behind the third row. The overall cargo capacity goes all-away up to 87 cubic feet, which is also a quite
respectable number for the class.
Safety & Security Features
This is where we might see a couple of additions for the next year. Still, be sure that most things will remain the same. The list of standard tech features will definitely include things like an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and many others. A couple of additions are possible and of course, those would be some of the, currently, optional features. The list of available features is currently pretty long and includes things like10.25-inch touch screen, a head-up display, wireless phone charging, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and also navigation control.
When it comes to safety features, all models currently come standard with things like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a blind spot collision avoidance system, forward collision warning, brake assist, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, a driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control and more. Considering that the list looks pretty impressive, we don’t count on any particular change for the next year. Of course, some additions will be available as well. Those are things automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a surround-view parking camera, highway driving assist, and blind-spot monitoring, and etc.
2021 Kia Telluride Engine Options
The 2021 Telluride will be powered by a 3.8-liter V6, the same one you can find in the Palisade. This unit delivers a quite solid 291 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. In a combination with 8-speed automatic transmission, it delivers pretty good driving dynamics, which ensures a convenient ride. When it comes to fuel economy, this engine returns around 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are typical ratings for the class.
The 2021 Kia Telluride Hybrid is probably the most anticipated thing for the next year. Many expected to see such a version already in the 2020 model year but it didn’t happen. The company is still silent on this matter, so details are unknown.
Price Estimate & Availability
Kia plans to release this brand new Telluride in the last quarter of 2020, but due to the Covid-19 issue, the car will come out a little bit late than its schedule. When it comes to the 2021 Kia Telluride price, the base models of this SUV has a price of around 32.000 dollars.