The new Kia Telluride has been unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with the Korean automaker describing the eight-seater as the “largest Kia ever”.

Conceived at Kia’s design studio in California and assembled in Georgia, the boxy new Telluride will – initially, at least – not be sold in Europe (nor in South Africa). Indeed, the automaker says it is the first Kia “designed specifically for the US”.

The firm says the Telluride provides “comfortable seating for up to eight” and draws its urge from a naturally aspirated 3,8-litre V6 petrol engine worth 217 kW and 355 N.m. It will be offered in North America with an eight-speed automatic transmission and active on-demand all-wheel drive.

A self-levelling rear suspension set-up will also be offered, with the ride height automatically calibrated depending on vehicle load.

Inside the three-row SUV, you’ll find grab handles integrated into the centre console, plus (optional) double-stitched, quilted and extra-padded Nappa leather, “simulated” brushed metal and matte-finished wood.

All manner of driver-assistance systems will be offered, from high-beam assist and lane-departure warning to a blind-spot view monitor and smart cruise control (with a stop and go function). In addition, the driver is able to use a microphone to "enhance communication" with second- and third-row passengers, while a so-called "quiet mode" cuts audio output in the second and third rows.