There is a lot of evidence building up that Kia may field an off-road brand. The Telluride goes on sell Spring 2019, is based on the Sorento platform, will be built in Georgia, and sports a 3.3L V6 rated around 270 hp. Production-spec will be shown this month in LA alongside the new Soul and Soul EV (so says the rumor mill).
Kia is positioning the upper half of their products in the same “entry-premium” segment as GMC and Buick. That means you won’t see a Kia performance brand or luxury brand. However, it does mean that Kia is going to launch some kind of Denali and Avenir style branding within the next few years. The “GT” stuff is one notch below this level.
Tell your mom about Telluride. I think that the price range will be identical to the Stinger.
Oh! Some of you may have missed the Halloween Jeep commercial. It involves Kia!