Trevor Collett | Jan 13, 2016

Could this become the basis of a new model from Kia? Kia’s intriguing new Telluride petrol-electric hybrid SUV concept has been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and the carmaker says it may preview a new model.

Kia describes the Telluride as a premium full-sized SUV combining “breakthrough technology, rugged beauty, and functionality”.

While some of that “breakthrough technology” can be found under the bonnet, Kia is pushing the creative boundaries of driver and passenger technologies with a focus on the 'experience' of second row passengers and the health and wellbeing of occupants.

The Telluride can monitor a passenger’s vital signs and then display the readings on a screen mounted in the door. Should the car feel you need some relaxation or livening up, LED mood lighting around you will change accordingly (Kia even claims that its new concept can improve jetlag symptoms).

Otherwise, the interior also features three rows of seats to accommodate up to seven occupants - accessible through ‘suicide’ doors - four leather ‘captain’s chairs’ and folding footrests.

“The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand as a bold, all-new luxury SUV with an abundance of advanced technology, focusing particular attention on the experience and comfort of second-row occupants,” Kia’s Tom Kearns said.

“Longer, wider and taller than the recently redesigned Sorento CUV, Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like.”

The second-row occupants have access to media via touchscreens, and passengers can select different media and access the audio through wireless headphones. Wireless mobile phone charging is also available.

Power comes from a petrol-electric hybrid system using a 3.5 litre V6 producing 201kW and an electric motor which is good for another 97kW.

The concept features all-wheel-drive, with Kia caliming a fuel figure of 7.8 l/100km.

The Telluride is based on the same chassis as Kia’s Sorento, measuring 1801mm tall, 2001mm wide and 5001mm long, making it 241mm longer than the Sorento.

Kia says there are no plans to build a production version of the Telluride at present, but a positive reaction to the concept at the Detroit Auto Show could quickly change that.

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