The Rugged Yet Revolutionary 2020 Kia Telluride

We all remember the iconic marketing campaign when Kia announced its new Kia Soul models. The ads featured hamsters playing the banjo, wearing sunglasses, and even wearing gold chains. This ad campaign allowed Kia to gain huge momentum in the automobile industry, something they have not lost since. Meet the brand new, innovative Kia Telluride.

Kia recently unveiled its 2020 Telluride with one goal in mind: to create a rugged, sport-utility vehicle. The Telluride is designed to handle anything life throws at it. From rocky terrain to your busy morning commute, the Telluride’s got you covered. So, what does the Telluride feature? Well, sit back and buckle your seatbelt because this should be quite the ride!

TECHNOLOGY

The 2020 Kia Telluride features an all-wheel-drive system with an advanced, electro-hydraulic coupling, sending the power of its big V6 to the front wheels, allowing for more weight at the front of the vehicle, therefore giving better traction to the driven wheels.

The system allows for great power shifting abilities, shifting between the front and rear axles seamlessly.

IN THE DRIVER’S HANDS 

While the Kia Telluride does most of the work for you, it still allows the driver to take matters into their own hands.

A tap of the center console drive mode control takes you into professional-grade ‘AWD Lock’. Here, the system’s central clutch can lock-in the power evenly between the front and rear axles. So 50 percent goes to the front, 50 percent to the rear.

Coupled with the center console drive mode feature, the Telluride also has an intuitive traction control system. Simply grab the brake rotor on a wheel that’s slipping, sending the torque to the side with traction.

The Kia Telluride also features a V6 engine with an impressive 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. With a strong mid-range response, rapid acceleration, and refined high-speed cruising, the Kia Telluride virtually does it all.

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

The 2020 Kia Telluride is a powerhorse. Sporting a V6 engine, 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, the Telluride is some of Kia’s best work yet.

Ford Recalls 320,000 Transit Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. has recalled over 300,000 vehicles in North America due to safety concerns with their Ford Transit vehicles. The recall affects certain 2015 to 2017 Ford Transit vehicle models in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The recalls are associated with three specific issues, the largest related to driveshaft flexible coupling problems. Ford said the vehicle’s driveshaft could crack with increasing mileage, causing separation of the driveshaft, a loss of motive power or unintended vehicle movement when the parking brake isn’t applied. In all three reported cases, Ford Motor Company reported no accidents or injuries related to the issues.

Independent from the recent recalls, Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that it would disclose the expected costs of the recall if the costs exceed $250 million. If the recall reaches that point, it would only add to the company’s cloudy future. In addition to the three different recalls applying to the Ford Transit vehicles, Ford also issued a recall on select 2019 Edge vehicles for an issue related to the seat-belt. This recall, however, is much smaller, affecting only 366 vehicles in the United States and 65 in Canada.

As if those recalls weren’t enough, the company also issues a recall for its 2019 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models for their improperly secured rear-toe link fasteners.

Overall, Ford has had their fair share of recalled vehicles. That being said, the recalls are expected to cost Ford more than $250 million. These recalls would explain Ford’s lower profit outlook for the year. This mostly due to the cost of warranty repairs, weakness in China and vigorous competition from other sport-utility vehicles and trucks.

The Ford Transit vehicle recall was voluntary and is effective as of October 29, 2019.