Remember Borrego full-size SUV? Well, it looks like Kai works on a comeback of its flagship high-riding vehicle. The idea is good because the segment grows rapidly and what’s far more important, the Korean carmaker has the almost ready model. They’ve previewed the SUV above the Sorento in the concept form, so they might also use the name when the production model arrives. About that, well, it should be ready until the end of this year, meaning you can expect the all-new 2019 Kia Telluride.
According to the newest information, the 2019 Kia full-size SUV isn’t going to get its own platform. Instead, the carmaker will use Sorento’s current architecture, which will be stretched for Telluride’s needs. Kia President Peter Schreyer announced the arrival of the full-sizer. He has also mentioned that the crossover is going to share a lot with the Telluride concept, though he didn’t want to say anything more precisely at the moment.
We think, however, that the carmaker won’t make too many experiments with the design because the concept from 2016 was well-received. Plus, it looks really attractive and totally unique. Kia managed to keep the vehicle rugged and dynamic at the same time, while the exterior details, especially in the front, make it really attractive.
The full-size 2019 Kia Telluride will likely use the same or similar powertrain as the concept model. The concept SUV was mated to a plug-in hybrid system which connects a 3.5-liter gasoline engine with a single electric motor for the overall output of 400 horsepower. Of course, the producer could add at least one more option under the hood. We can bet on Stinger’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that’s capable of delivering 365 horsepower. In contrast to the hybrid option which will be strictly paired with all-wheel-drive, the gasoline model will also have standard rear-wheel drive. Both options should use eight-speed automatic transmission.
The seven-seat SUV will not be available in Europe for sure. However, the rest of the world will be able to buy the 2019 Telluride early next year.