The production Kia Telluride has made its first public appearance at fashion designer Brandon Maxwell’s New York Fashion Week show. Designed at Kia’s U.S. design studio in Irvine, California, the customized Telluride drew the influence from Maxwell’s Texas-themed Spring Summer 2019 collection.
This specially tailored Telluride has several nods to Maxwell’s Texas inspiration, including natural wood interior trim and saddle-inspired double-stitched leather adornments on the dash, door panels and grab handles. Similar leather details cover the outside rearview mirrors and door handles.
Outside, the Telluride’s deep green paint reflects the color of the concept vehicle that debuted in Detroit two years ago. Custom front and rear bumpers, skidplates and sidestep sills exude a ranch-ready look that’s backed up with a hidden winch and a snorkel.
Burly 265/50 off-road tires wrap around 20-inch flat-black alloy wheels and the spare tire has been custom mounted to the rear hatch, which opens to a metal and leather-trimmed cargo area. A custom wood and aluminium roof rack with a custom leather tow strap provide the finishing touches.
The full-size Telluride has 8 seats on offer. It’ll be assembled at Kia Motors’ manufacturing plant in Georgia, and will have a V6 option. A hybrid powertrain is expected as well. The production model is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in early 2019.