2020 Kia Telluride Makes Big, Three-Row Splash at NY Fashion Week with Bespoke Off-Road Model [News]

It looks rugged, even if the off-road bits won't make it to production.

[Photo: Kia]

Kia’s largest SUV is heading for production as it makes its debut during New York Fashion Week.

Yes, we know that’s a Texas flag in the background. However, the three-row 2020 Kia Telluride SUV actually made its debut during New York Fashion Week. It isn’t quite the production model – the Kia Telluride you buy won’t have that snorkel or the other “look how tough I am” gear. Designer Brandon Maxwell took inspiration from his 2019 collection for this Telluride. Based on Marfa, Texas – where he designed his collection – he started talking with Kia to create a bespoke version of its new three-row SUV.

Now, despite the rugged Texas motif, this won’t be the Kia Telluride that actually hits showrooms. That said, at least now we have an idea what the production model will look like, under all those bolted-on bits. It has a large, boxy stance – not unlike some big American SUVs. Kia will build it at its plant in West Point, Georgia, alongside the Sorento, but there’s not much new information at this point.

[Photo: Kia]

The Kia Telluride will likely pack a V6 engine

We know the 2020 Kia Telluride – and likely its Hyundai cousin – will pack a V6 under the hood. Whether it’s the 3.3-liter V6 and whether its turbocharged remains a mystery – for now. The rest of the powertrain is also a question mark. We should know more closer to the Detroit Auto Show coming up in January 2019.

Inside, it looks like the Kia Telluride takes cues from the Sorento and the restyled K900 sedan. Kia fitted leather to every conceivable panel in this three-row SUV it seems, so it should be an extremely pleasant place to be. It also appears the Kia Telluride has every creature comfort and piece of technology you can imagine as well.

Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! We should hopefully know more about powertrains, features and pricing soon.

2020 Kia Telluride interior. [Photo: Kia]