2016 Detroit Auto Show LIVE: Kia Telluride concept image

The teasing game is complete now – Kia has officially introduced to the worldwide audience its new Telluride concept crossover SUV during the North American International Auto Show.

The South Korean automaker has taken the cover off the all new concept that should preview a production ready seven-seat crossover sport utility vehicle – with the fullsize model being treated as a preview to a possible Borrego successor. We’re still unsure if it will actually happen since the automaker has kept a tight lid on the production model’s chances but given the sales levels of the crossover/SUV segment and lack of a big range at the automaker we’re pretty sure it will happen in the near future. The design styling is questionable but it has interesting quirks such as the rear-hinged back doors or the reinterpretation via the headlights of the new four-point LED styling cue. We also noticed the dual exhaust setup or the prominent roof-mounted spoiler.

The Kia prototype is also larger than the Sorento by 9.5 inches in length, 4.4 inches in height and 4.7 inches in width – though it’s actually based on said model with the wheelbase elongated by 4.7 inches to a generous 121.3 inches. To highlight the added size we also got a set of 22-inch five-spoke rims clad in Hankook Ventus ST 275/45 R22 tires. Under the hood sits a plug-in hybrid powertrain using a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower mated to a 130-hp electric motor. The total is of 400 hp and the power is delivered to the ground via a four-wheel drive system – and while being as massive as it is, the model should deliver more than 30 miles per gallon on the highway.