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Telluride – Kia’s largest SUV offered to the Vietnamese market


Kia’s flagship SUV is expected to go on sale in the Vietnamese market by the end of 2022, becoming a rival to Ford Explorer, Volkswagen Teramont or Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

Thaco introduced the Telluride during the launch ceremony of the new Carnival at its factory headquarters in Chu Lai, Quang Nam on October 9. The company representative said that the car will be sold by the end of 2022. This unofficial pitch, although there is no information of interest to customers such as equipment, engine, price, but as a promise for customers to wait. , consider.

Telluride version on display at Thaco headquarters in Quang Nam, October 9. Photo: Dac Thanh

The Kia Telluride is manufactured in the US, developed from the concept first launched in 2016. The commercial version was unveiled at the 2019 North American exhibition. The Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade sibling model share the same chassis, body structure (unibody) ), engines as well as safety assist technologies.

In the US, the Telluride starts at $32,790 (the base LX model), making it the largest and most expensive SUV in Kia’s lineup. The car has an overall length of 5,001 mm, a width of 1,988 mm, a height of 1,750 mm, and a ground clearance of 203 mm. 18-inch wheels.

The cockpit features a 10.25-inch touchscreen information screen, three-zone automatic climate control. Leather-wrapped steering wheel, synthetic leather seats, 6 USB ports. One-touch power adjustment in the second row to enter the third row.

All versions of Telluride in the US are equipped with a 3.8 V6 gasoline engine, capacity of 291 horsepower, maximum torque of 355 Nm. 8-speed automatic transmission, combined with front-wheel drive, optional 4-wheel drive.

Safety technology on the vehicle includes a long list of features such as warning/assist to avoid front/rear collision, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, cornering assist, and pedestrian warning. walk behind when reversing, backing assist, parking assist, electronic balance, hill start assist, tire pressure warning.

Telluride is not sold in Korea, instead is the Hyundai Palisade sibling model. Kia Telluride is currently only produced at its factory in West Point, Georgia, USA, where people have long favored large, comfortable family cars. In Vietnam, the popular high-rise SUV models of E size with a price of more than 2 billion VND are still picky.

Teramont, the latest E-size SUV to enter the Vietnamese market, rolls out in Ho Chi Minh City, September 2021.  Photo: Volkswagen Vietnam

Teramont, the latest E-size SUV to enter the Vietnamese market, rolls off in Ho Chi Minh City, September 2021. Photo: Volkswagen Vietnam

Before 2020, the mid-size 3-row SUV segment had only two models present, including the Ford Explorer priced at 2 billion and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado over 2.3 billion VND. At the end of September, Volkswagen brought back the Teramont imported to the US to compete. Previously, Hyundai dealers silently imported Palisade to sell to Vietnamese customers, costing more than 2.6 billion VND. While TC Motor, the unit that assembles and distributes Hyundai cars in Vietnam, has not yet made an official announcement about the sale of the Korean automaker’s largest SUV model in Vietnam.

Top-notch amenities but high prices and large sizes, E-size SUVs are sold in modest numbers. Although the number may not be much, the high profit margin per car sold is a reason for firms to consider selling.

In the case of Telluride alone, Thaco has not announced plans to assemble or import. Information about the upcoming sale of Telluride in addition to its media value, Thaco or parent company Kia shows a roadmap to invest and dominate the Vietnamese market in the near future.

Telluride (E-class SUV) and Morning (A-size hatchback), Sonet (A+/B-size CUV), Seltos (B-size CUV), Sportage (C-size CUV), Sorento (D-size SUV) create a range of products. High chassis products from small to large. In terms of the variety of non-sedan products, Kia is second only to the Japanese automaker Toyota.

Pham Trung

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