New crossover makes its debut on stage during New York Fashion Week, with Cadillac-aping looks.
The Kia Telluride, like the models strutting the catwalk this week, was dressed up to the nines when it made its debut at Brandon Maxwell’s Texas-inspired show during New York Fashion Week.
Appropriately, the Telluride on display in New York is a one-of-a-kind model dressed up with off-roading gear, including bash plates, unique bumpers, a snorkel, spot lights, new side steps, and a tailgate-mounted spare tyre.
There’s also a ladder to the roof, and a custom-made wood and aluminium roof rack with leather tow straps. The one-off model rides on 265/50 off-road tyres.
There’s natural wood in the cabin, while saddle-style leather trim can be found not only on the seats, dashboard and door trim, but also the boot, and on the exterior wing mirror and door handle caps.
The Telluride will go on sale in the States in early 2019 as a 2020 model year car. It will be built in the company’s factory in West Point, Georgia, at the least for the North American market.
As the car’s launch is still a little while away, Kia hasn’t disclosed too many details, although it has admitted the Telluride will seat up to eight people, and be available with a V6 engine.
The Telluride will also be “several inches longer and wider” than the Sorento, which is available as a seven-seater.
According to Brandon Maxwell, his “adoration for the brand runs deep” as his mum used to drive him to school in a Kia Sedona, a people mover sold in Australia as the Carnival.
As part of their collaboration, Kia will be donating funds for “technological purchases and educational programming” to the public school system in Marfa, Texas, where Maxwell designed his latest clothing collection.
Earlier this year, Kia’s local arm told CarAdvice it has raised its interest in the Telluride with head office. At the time, though, it wasn’t clear if the vehicle would be available in right-hand drive.
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