2020 Telluride is here. Now. So drive one.

2020 Telluride is here. Now. So drive one.

You’ve seen it on TV, powering its way through all sorts of terrain, and now you can test drive one here at Barnett Kia. The extraordinary all-new 2020 Kia Telluride has made its official on-road and off-road debut, so come see one for yourself!

Telluride is Kia’s biggest and boldest SUV ever. Named for the famous Colorado mountain town, the midsize Telluride SUV has been tested on mountain passes, rugged off-road trails, and nearly every other kind of road under that state’s wide western sky. Telluride is the largest Kia ever, providing comfortable seating for up to eight, a powerful 291-hp 3.8-liter V6, available active on-demand all-wheel drive, and an inspiring view of the world. Telluride offers potential for exploration and adventure every time it’s on the road.

Telluride is the first Kia designed specifically for the U.S., and is a product of the Kia Design Center in Irvine, CA. From the first pencil stroke it was meant to convey the kind of presence associated with the original legendary SUVs—big, bold, and boxy—and the go-anywhere, do-anything attitude their square, burly-shouldered shapes suggested. Telluride’s sophisticated exterior accents also hint at its interior luxury. Main design cues include long, broad hood and wide grille, bold, stacked headlamps convey power and stability, upright windshield and clean side profile conveys muscular tension, inverted “L” tail lamps with LED stripes (standard on EX and SX trims), and sculpted rear skid plate with integrated twin exhaust tips reference off-road ability and power (standard on S, EX and SX trims).

Telluride’s interior is designed to continue the impression of upscale exploration, featuring grab handles integrated into the center console suggest journeys off the beaten path, wide console with emphasis on the horizontal through artistic use of premium trim features to convey spaciousness —more “luxe living room” than “utility vehicle”, and spacious cabin for generous hip, shoulder, leg and head room, including in the third row.

Telluride is engineered to be capable in a variety of driving conditions and provide a driving experience that is enjoyable and confidence-inspiring. Among the many factors that contribute to the Telluride’s composed ride and performance are Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8L V6 GDI engine producing 291 hp at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm, 8-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, strong, stiff, and torsionally rigid body structure due to the monocoque shell that is composed of 59.4% advanced high-strength steel, self-leveling rear suspension. Ride height is automatically calibrated depending on vehicle load to optimize control and stability (optional on EX and SX), and choice of four drive modes—Smart, Eco, Sport, and Comfort—each using different settings for powertrain, drivetrain, and steering effort mapping to provide the desired driving experience. In addition to the four regular drive modes, in vehicles equipped with AWD, drivers can select from two different modes, “Snow” and “AWD Lock”, for specific driving conditions. Telluride’s standard towing is rated up to 5,000 lbs.

As Kia’s flagship SUV, the Telluride can be outfitted with an array of advanced technology and driver-assistance systems. The following is a list of the available features that are firsts for any Kia SUV. These are in addition to the long list of tech and ADAS features listed under the “Brimming with Technology. There’s Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Highway Driving Assist (standard on EX and SX), HeadUp Display (available on SX), Driver Talk and Quiet Mode (both standard on EX and SX.

And remember, every new vehicle purchased comes with Barnett’s exclusive—and FREE—MILLION MILE Warranty. Ask your sales associate for all the details on that, too. Come see us soon at Barnett Kia on Highway 61 in White Bear Lake!
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