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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Kia Telluride
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Big things are coming from Hyundai and Kia in the near future, and we mean literally. One of our spy photographers caught the companies each testing full-size crossover SUVs out in the snow. The Kia caught our attention in particular, because it looks quite a bit like the Kia Telluride concept from 2016.

At the front of the Kia, the entire fascia looks boxy with nary a curve in sight. It also has low-set, squared-off headlights at the far edges; both prominent features on the concept, too. That theme carries over to the back, where the metal portion of the hatch looks plain and flat and is almost perfectly vertical. The glass area leans forward a bit. The taillights also look like those on the concept, with thin vertical portions that make a 90-degree turn inward at the top. A neat design touch not found on the concept are the slight glass extensions into the roof on each side of the windshield.

When the concept Telluride was revealed, it was based on the Sorento platform and had a combined 400 horsepower. This power came from a 270-horsepower V6 and a 130-horsepower electric motor, which Kia claimed would provide 30 mpg in all-wheel-drive form. We expect that the Telluride will mainly be offered in non-hybrid forms, and perhaps in diesel form, since this prototype was testing alongside a Volvo XC90 diesel. But we also wouldn't necessarily rule out a hybrid variant like the concept. Kia and Hyundai both are getting serious about hybrids and electrification, and if Kia is targeting something like the XC90, which itself offers a hybrid powertrain, it would make sense that Kia is planning to offer a competing product. A Kia executive said news about the production model is coming "soon," so we'll probably learn more about the production Telluride sometime this year, probably no earlier than the New York Auto Show.

Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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Hyundai full-size SUV
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As for the big Hyundai, it will likely take the space the newly downsized Santa Fe has vacated. We're not sure what it might be called, but the last time Hyundai had a crossover bigger than the Santa Fe, it was called the Veracruz, so the name could make a return.

Styling-wise, the front of this full-size crossover is right in line with the rest of Hyundai's new-generation crossovers. It has the split headlight design that first showed up on the Kona, with the lower lamps providing primary illumination, and the thin, scowling upper lamps working mainly as daytime running lights. It also has a large, angular version of Hyundai's corporate grille.

Along the sides, the most interesting styling feature is the chrome trim. It appears to start at the A-pillars and hug the door windows until the C-pillar. There it descends, hugging the rear most window. It's an interesting piece of design. The very back of the Hyundai is well-covered, but we can at least make out some vertically oriented taillights, which is strange since current Hyundais all have more horizontal taillights.

As for when this Hyundai may reach production, we'd estimate in a year or so. Odds are it will share components with the Kia Telluride. As such, it likely won't be long after the Kia's introduction that the Hyundai will be revealed.

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