It looks like the Telluride is on the Sorento platform (just like the concept previewed) and will also be built in the Georgia plant alongside it’s little-older brother. The Theta II 2.0t (235-245 hp / 260 lb-ft) will probably be the base engine and pricing will likely come out identical to the Stinger range ($32,000 through $50,000).

The 2.2t diesel (~200 hp / 310 lb-ft) is confirmed for the US in the new Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento is supposed to get it as well. I haven’t seen any word on the mild-hybrid system at the moment, but that would allow for an idle-less diesel engine. If there isn’t an electric motor between the engine and the transmission then consider the mild-hybrid as an awesome engine start-stop system rather than a “hybrid.”

All of this helps the case for diesels in the upcoming Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. The business reasoning is great fuel economy numbers for marketing, it spreads out the cost of these new diesel engines that were developed for Europe right as Europe shuts them out. Most of all, it forces the models to be compared to Land Rover offerings rather than Highlander, Ascent, and Atlas. That’s how you market value, win comparison tests, and move a brand upmarket, kin.

Kia may offer the Lambda II 3.3L V6 (290 hp / 260 lb-ft) ssimply to offer a “V6" option for the segment. The Theta III 2.5t (280 hp / ~300 lb-ft) is coming soon and will eventually replace the 3.3L V6.


Though the Telluride uses cues from the Mohave/Borrego, the Telluride does not replace it. The Mohave is still being sold in the Middle East and East Asia. It’s a body-on-frame, 4x4, V8 compatible SUV.

The Telluride and Palisade will be focused on the North American market while the upcoming truck-based SUVs will be set up for the Eastern markets.


By the way, the Santa Cruz Pickup is speculated to be built in the US alongside the next generation Hyundai Tucson. There is also a midsized truck being developed for the same markets as the BOF utilities.

There also seems to be two coupe models coming, one for Genesis (between the G70 and G80) and one with Hyundai N Performance which I’m fairly certain will be similar to the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept. Just imagine the GT4 with production lighting (and grille) like the Palisade prototype.