Kia Telluride Picks up Where Chrysler Aspen Left Off

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
kia telluride picks up where chrysler aspen left off

Kia announced Friday that its upcoming concept, to debut at the North American International Auto Show next week, will be named Telluride — continuing the long, illustrious history of vehicles being named after places in the state of Colorado.

If you buy vehicles based on solely their names and currently own a Chrysler Aspen, this is your next luxury SUV.

Kia teased the large, luxury SUV earlier this week, claiming it will feature “unique in-cabin health-and-wellness technology,” whatever that means. Will it have a collapsible treadmill? A digital personal trainer? A special Bowflex Edition? Who knows?!?!

However, the Korean automaker did give some detail on the interior Friday, saying the Telluride concept will highlight “Kia’s first use of 3D-printed components.”

We’ll know what it all means next week.

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  • 50merc 50merc on Jan 09, 2016

    There's an old yarn Telluride derived from "to Hell you ride". Kia should go with that. Chrysler may still have some Dodge Demon decals they could sell Kia.

  • Sloomis Sloomis on Jan 09, 2016

    Yay. Another SUV/CUV coming to market. Forgive me if I'm not overly excited about this.

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    • Hummer Hummer on Jan 09, 2016

      @28-Cars-Later That's what I'm thinking, completely crossover.

  • Bullnuke Well, production cuts may be due to transport-to-market issues. The MV Fremantle Highway is in a Rotterdam shipyard undergoing repairs from the last shipment of VW products (along with BMW and others) and to adequately fireproof it. The word in the shipping community is that insurance necessary for ships moving EVs is under serious review.
  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.
  • Sgeffe There's someone around where I live who has a recent WRX-STi, but the few times I've been behind this guy, he's always driving right at the underposted arbitrary numbers that some politician pulled out of their backside and slapped on a sign! With no gendarmes or schoolkids present! Haven't been behind this driver on the freeway, but my guess is that he does the left lane police thing with the best of 'em!What's the point of buying such a vehicle if you're never going to exceed a speed limit? (And I've pondered that whilst in line in the left lane at 63mph behind a couple of Accord V6s, as well as an AMG E-Klasse!)
  • Mebgardner I'm not the market for a malleable Tuner / Track model, so I dont know: If you are considering a purchase of one of these, do you consider the Insurance Cost Of Ownership aspect? Or just screw it, I'm gonna buy it no matter.The WRX is at the top of the Insurance Cost pole for tuner models, is why I ask.