Although the production SUV is partly obscured by custom features such as the off-road bumpers, skid plates, auxiliary lights, ladder and spare tire, we still have our best look yet at the SUV. There’s still clearly a lot of influence from the old concept, but there’s also been quite a bit of compromise for production. It’s a clean design that’s still pretty squared off. The headlight and grille design borrow heavily from the concept, and the taillights are pulled right from it. It’s all much taller, now though, and more rounded. The rear hatch isn’t upright and vertical anymore, the front fascia has been given an arc to it that softens it, and the proportions between the headlights and grille seem a little off.
Kia is still keeping many of the technical details under wraps. The company did say that the Telluride will have seating for up to 8 passengers, and that it’s a few inches longer and wider than the current largest crossover in its line, the 7-passenger Sorento. It will also have a V6 under the hood. Availability and pricing still have yet to be announced, but we expect it to go on sale early next year. Kia did say that the crossover will be assembled at its factory in Georgia.