In 2016, the Kia Telluride concept made its debut at the then North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), previewing an upcoming seven/eight-seat SUV from the South Korean brand. Fast forward to 2018, and what appears to be undisguised production units have been spotted by The Korean Car Blog and a fan site on Naver.

Happily, the road-going version isn’t too far off from the concept in terms of styling, with noticeable adjustments. The vehicle’s overall size remains just as imposing as previewed, but the front fascia ditches the concept’s wide headlamps for slimmer units.

Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille remains a staple here, with lower intakes prominently on show rather than being “drilled holes” like on the concept. Down the sides, the concept’s vents aft of the front wheels and rear-hinged doors are all removed or replaced with more conventional cues, although the slight kink in the middle of the doors on both sides remain.

Also retained are the vertical taillights that help to frame the width of the SUV, albeit with a revision to their design by being wider and slightly shorter in length. The exhaust tips are placed together rather than being apart, and are integrated into a shiny trim piece in the lower apron.

The interior remains a mystery, as is the platform and powertrain that will be used for the Telluride. On the concept, a plug-in hybrid setup featuring a 270 hp 3.5 litre GDI V6 engine paired with a 130 hp electric motor, was used.

The Telluride isn’t the only seven-seat SUV from a Korean automaker, as it also has a close cousin from Hyundai that will reportedly be called the Palisade. Both vehicles should share the same underpinnings, but with different styling according to each brand’s philosophies.

When revealed, the Telluride (and Palisade) will fight for the attention of customers in the United States, whichhave a penchant for vehicles of this type (Subaru Ascent, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, etc.).

GALLERY: Kia Telluride concept