A vehicle from the future, the Kia Telluride Luxury SUV concept is definitely one to keep eyes on. When they first produced the Kia Niro, Kia Motors may have been dipping their toes in the next move for the automarket. Crossovers and SUVs are still at large as consumer favorites, but alternative fuel vehicles are also taking the market by storm. To combine the two, the automaker gave birth to the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, and the Kia Telluride hybrid SUV could be the next step.
Like most hybrid vehicles today, the Kia Telluride will ride on a hybrid electric powertrain. No details on the battery or electric motor, but the internal combustion engine will be a 3.5-liter V6. Combined, the engine and motor will be able to generate 400 horsepower and get up 30 mpg on the highway. Given the knowledge that electric motors also generate a lot more torque, making the drivetrain all-wheel drive may lead to off-road electric vehicles in Kia Motors future. For now, a plug-in hybrid is already in the works if the Telluride does well.
This luxury SUV concept screams futuristic. Although we’re not fond of losing the B-pillar in any vehicle, the Kia Telluride concept features front and rear-hinged back doors to open at 90-degrees, completely opening the side of the vehicle for easy access. For those who like a little sun, a massive sunroof makes up the top of this hybrid SUV, and embedded in it is some sweet tech - more on that in a second.
Able to seat seven people, the cabin of the Kia Telluride features four black-leather captain’s chairs with fold-away foot rests to give that sense of elegance and luxury. The third row will be a bench to fit that seventh passenger, and able to be folded down, there will definitely be some varying seating arrangements when trading passenger space for cargo.
Wireless cell-phone charging and 3D-printed components are just a dipping of the toe into the pool of future tech the Kia Telluride may carry. Take a look at the wing-shaped overhead panel seen above, outfitted with LED lights to form a Light-Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) therapeutic system. Exposure to light has been proven to increase moods and general well-being, such as is the case with seasonal depression, and smart sensors in the front and second row seats can help to combat this.
The front four seats will use smart sensors to capture vital health information in real-time and display the findings on door-panel screens. One would assume if their vitals aren’t so great, their side of the LED panel will light up to give them a lift. In the second-row, a touch-sensitive swipe command media-control band will be present to give those in the second-row as much multimedia access as those in the front. All of this is wrapped up in a vehicle with fingerprint-activated push-button start.
This is the future people. We’re getting fancy! What do you think of the Telluride concept so far? Let us know on NowCar social media.