Kia Telluride Concept Combines Power and Efficiency

April 6th, 2016 by

 

Kia Telluride Concept

 

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, Kia showed off its stellar new concept, called the Telluride. The Kia Telluride Concept is a hybrid that defies traditional hybrid conventions by pumping out 400 horsepower total from its gasoline engine and electric motor.

The gasoline engine is a 270-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6. This is paired with a 130-horsepower electric motor. Kia says this combination should deliver more than 30 mpg on the highway.

At first glance, that efficiency doesn’t seem that impressive, but you’ll rethink that when you realize the Telluride is a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with all-wheel drive.

In addition to its impressive power and efficiency, the Telluride is focused on the well-being of its passengers. In fact, the first two rows are equipped with sensors in the seats that record the “vital health information” of the occupants, and then the sensors display this information on the door panels. If you happen to be suffering from jet lag and you’re sitting in the second row, you can enjoy the Light Emitted Rejuvenation, which is an LED light show displayed under the sunroof.

Kia has a habit of turning its concept vehicles into production models, so we might get to see a production version of this impressive SUV in the not-too-distant future.