NAIAS 2016: Kia Telluride Concept Just Wants To Make Sure You're Feeling Okay (Are You Sure? Let Me Check Your Forehead.)

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
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Kia teased a new large SUV concept last week, the Telluride, and we were able to see more of the new, uniquely styled luxury SUV today.

Clearly, the deep metallic green paint is applied to attract football fans, timed perfectly a couple weeks before the Super Bowl and the resulting guacamole gorge.

Kia notes that its concept is based on an existing platform (Sedona, perhaps?) and has suicide doors to ease access into the second row captain’s chairs. Those seats, incidentally, have built-in sensors that monitor the passenger’s health. The LED lights below the panoramic sunroof can generate a pattern of therapeutic light to counteract jetlag.

The concept is powered by a 400 horsepower, gas-electric hybrid powertrain.

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Kia also teased another hybrid SUV concept, the Niro, to be unveiled in Chicago in February.

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  • Shaker Shaker on Jan 13, 2016

    Looks pretty "Jeepish" to me, with the largest possible interpretation of the "tiger-nose" grille. It's OK

  • PentastarPride PentastarPride on Jan 13, 2016

    The whole thing tries way too hard to look too nouveau and futuristic and it fails. It's hard to put into words. It's too blocky on the front. It looks as if they copied the front clip of a Rolls-Royce on to this thing and modified the grille to fit the Kia look. The overall shape of the body resembles the Porsche Cayenne (which isn't an eyesore). The entire rear end is so bad that seeing it is a great alternative if for some reason there's a need to induce vomiting and syrup of ipecac isn't readily available. No words for that at all. The interior, on the other hand, isn't too space-age in looks but it's not sleek either. The GL-Class, specifically the X164, is simple yet still pretty nice--which is why I refer to it as a luxury SUV that was well-executed. The seating in this thing resembles avant-garde furniture. There's a missing B-pillar which should be very interesting as far as crashworthiness if this atrocity ever makes production. I have to admit that Kia did a decent job on the Sorento. This, however, should be crushed and put in the past.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion:
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?