Made-in-America crossover has up to eight seats, and a standard 3.8-litre V6.

UPDATE: Kevin Hepworth, head of communications for Kia Australia, has confirmed to CarAdvice the Telluride is a left-hand drive only vehicle, so it won't be coming Down Under any time soon.


Although the new Kia Telluride was already (sort of) revealed in production form during 2018 New York Fashion Week, this is the first time we've seen the crossover without an assortment of off-road gear, like snorkels, roof hampers, external spare wheel carriers and ladders.

With styling derived from the 2016 concept car, the Telluride can seat up to eight people across its three rows of seats, and has a maximum tow rating of 2270kg.

Like the closely related Hyundai Palisade, the Telluride is powered by a 3.8-litre V6 engine turning out 217kW of power at 6000rpm, and 355Nm of torque at 5200rpm.

An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is available on some models.

Top-shelf versions of the Telluride are fitted with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 630W 10-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, wireless phone charging, self-levelling rear suspension, reclining third-row seats, and Nappa leather seats with heating and ventilation in the first and second rows.

Available safety equipment includes blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance, a head-up display, smart cruise control, rear occupant alert, and automatic high beams.

A Driver Talk system, which allows the driver to communicate with second- and third-row passengers via a built-in microphone, is also available.

Australia

While the Hyundai Palisade is made in South Korea and exported to left-hand drive markets, the Telluride will be made at Kia's factory in West Point, Georgia.

Kia's local arm has told CarAdvice it is interested in the Telluride, but unfortunately the car won't be available in right-hand drive.