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coming to america

BIG IS GOOD. Big means three rows of seats. Big means tons of space to load up and go have fun. Big means room for everyone to kick back, stretch out and enjoy the ride. Kia’s big, bold, designed-in-America, assembled-in-America Telluride is perfectly sized for today’s adventure lovers. It can take you and your crew on the bumpy road less traveled or the smooth road to your favorite bike or hiking trail, or kayak launch spot. It can also ferry the kids to school, Fido to the dog park or you to your workplace. And the Telluride is rough-road rugged while having a softer, refined side to soothe your soul on the long and winding road to grandma’s house. A special combo. Welcome to this first in-depth look at Kia’s biggest, most capable,…

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the journey so far

SHOWED OFF IN VEGAS Page 20 Las Vegas, NV Kia took four highly-modified Tellurides to SEMA, to show their off-road potential. DESIGNED IN CALIFORNIA Page 6 Irvine, CA Concepted and meticulously designed at Kia HQ in sunny California. Telluride, CO The Telluride’s namesake is the rugged and beautiful mountain town. Marfa, TX The inspiration for Brandon Maxwell’s fashion show and custom Telluride. DEBUTED IN NYC Page 14 New York, NY Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell customized a Telluride and unveiled it as part of his philanthropic fall fashion show. Detroit, MI The Telluride’s official unveiling at the 2019 Detroit auto show. BUILT IN GEORGIA Page 26 West Point, GA Every Kia Telluride is built by the hardworking team at the Kia factory right here in Georgia.…

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a celebration of space

MOST SATURDAY MORNINGS you’ll find Kurt Kahl in a rush. Either the high-adrenaline rush from riding his mountain bike along local technical trails, or the rush from taking off on the perfect head-high wave on his surfboard. “I tell people that our team designed the Telluride to be the kind of vehicle we would want to own,” says the adventure hound. “Something that would work with my lifestyle. Something big enough to take all my gear. Something with three rows for my wife and I to take friends out for a fun night.” As senior design manager at Kia Design Center America, in Irvine, California, Kahl leads the team that conceptualized and created the three-row, all-new Telluride. “Pretty much the entire design team here is into adventure sports,” he says. “We live to…

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inside edition

TELLURIDE IS THE FLAGSHIP of the Kia SUV range,” says Susan Yoo, senior designer responsible for color and materials at Kia Design Center America. “Which is why we went all-out to make the cabin look and feel like a real flagship.” That meant using some of the finest materials available. Exquisite available nappa leather trim—double-stitched, quilted, perforated and extra-padded. Stunning, matte-finished simulated wood veneers with delicate graining. Brushed simulated metal trims inspired by copper. “We wanted everyone who opens the door of the all-new Telluride to be almost shocked at the richness, the look, the super-high-quality feel of the materials,” says Yoo. “We know customers are going to be really impressed, and proud, to own this new flagship SUV.” She says in a market segment where the competition tends to focus more on…

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building confidence

SAFE EXIT ASSIST We’ve all experienced the terror of pulling up at the side of the pavement and your kid in the back seat opens the rear side door and leaps out, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic. The Telluride’s Safe Exit Assist technology uses radar to help warn you if the system detects approaching vehicles and then keeps the rear door locked. REAR OCCUPANT ALERT We’re all in a rush. Sometimes the unthinkable can happen when we stop: Everyone in the family jumps out, you lock the doors and walk away. But you miss the one child or pet that’s still in the car. Rear Occupant Alert reminds the driver with an audible and visual reminder first and subsequently sounds the horn if its ultrasonic sensors detect movement out back. HEAD-UP DISPLAY* Head-up displays projecting information…

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the softer side of rugged

A SUDDEN DOWNPOUR. A ballpark parking lot transformed into a sea of goopy mud. Cars slithering around, spinning wheels. Not a tow-truck in sight. “That was me,” says Sang Lee, product strategy manager at Kia Motors America. “The only difference—I was driving a Telluride. I set it to AWD Lock, I went easy on the gas, and we just drove straight out.”1 That’s the Telluride’s everyday versatility. Especially those models equipped with optional Electronic All-Wheel Drive. While it could take you on a gravel trail to a mountain top, its real-world capability to get you home is likely to impress and comfort you more. Here Lee, who helped equip the Telluride for American tastes, highlights some of the SUV’s stand-out technology. ADVANCED V6 POWER “Some competitors in this segment offer four-cylinder power. We prefer the…