NEW YORK — The 2020 Kia Telluride that debuted this month at New York Fashion Week will be the brand's biggest crossover when it arrives in showrooms in early 2019.
A leather-infused version of the three-row crossover, which debuted as a concept during the 2016 Detroit auto show, was unwrapped during designer Brandon Maxwell's show. The one-of-a-kind Telluride was influenced by the latest Texas-inspired runway collection from Maxwell, a fashion director for singer Lady Gaga.
Kia's customized iteration shown in New York is decked out with leather adornments on the dash, door panels, outside rearview mirrors and grab handles. It also features custom front and rear bumpers, skid plates and sidestep sills that Kia says exude a ranch-ready appearance.
The Telluride will become the biggest Kia crossover since the Borrego was dropped in 2011 and will be the fourth crossover in Kia's U.S. lineup after the Niro, Sportage and Sorento.
The eight-passenger production version, designed at Kia's U.S. styling studio in Irvine, Calif., doesn't stray far from the concept's boxy look. It will be assembled at Kia Motors' plant in West Point, Ga.