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As someone that's no stranger to the Telluride's segment, having owned a Toyota Highlander, 4Runner and even a Chevy Tahoe, accessories have been a big part of the experience, especially with my active lifestyle. The current lineup of accessories Kia offers is great but lacking at the same time. What I mean is we don't get stuff like; hitches and hitch accessories, towing options, roof racks, rooftop carriers, bike racks, running boards, hood protectors, vent visors and mudguards (although there's a few). Also the simple but necessary stuff like door edge guards, body molding and paint protection film are no where to be seen.
So far this hitch-mounted bike attachment made by Yakima and sold through Kia is one of the few I can find (Part# UM080 AY008HA4). Kia's needs to step it up.
 

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It wont be until a few months after release that we are going to see some third party support for the Telluride. Many companies are probably on the fence about developing products until they get a better sense of what early interest is going to be like. There are a couple things that come to mind that should be considered:

- a roof rack with proper tether points
- side steps (powered or not)
- a rear mounted spare tire carrier
- a bush guard that has built in fog lamps
- all season weather matts that are custom fit
 

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I saw one bull bar setup with lights mounted to it but no indication of who made it. Vanguard has been my go to for the Highlander in the past. I'm liking the more tactical setups coming out these days, some which easily accept light bars.

 

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Very few Telluride owners will have an interest in taking their car off the pavement, so I don't think its necessary for anyone to develop off-road oriented accessories. Things like snorkels, winches and lift kits will be an extremely niche product imo and I'm not sure they would really be worth the investment into r&d. I'd suggest a few different things like

- illuminated door sills
- cargo organizers for the boot
- seat covers for those with children
- window visors
 

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Very few Telluride owners will have an interest in taking their car off the pavement, so I don't think its necessary for anyone to develop off-road oriented accessories. Things like snorkels, winches and lift kits will be an extremely niche product imo and I'm not sure they would really be worth the investment into r&d. I'd suggest a few different things like

- illuminated door sills
- cargo organizers for the boot
- seat covers for those with children
- window visors
No one does but everyone desires the look. Its the same reason behind why supercars and vehicles with abilities beyond basic needs are always in demand. I always like the off-road look. If you think this is bad, Toyota enthusiasts go harder. Hard enough that they'll put a winch bumper on a Lexus LX570. A winch bumper on the Telluride would be criminal. However, done right a mild front and rear winch bumper could look like it belongs.
 

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We already saw from the concepts at SEMA that rugged accessories are some of the first products that have been considered for this car. I think regardless of the utility that they bring, there will be those who are interested in them purely for the aesthetics. Anyone know if the turn signals are sequential? Because I've always liked how those look.
 

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To me that SEMA show display was more to show what's possible to the typical crowd that goes for vehicles like the 4Runner, Land Cruiser, etc.

Convincing them is a hard work but Kia basically set themselves up for success by doing that. Although I have my doubts those same products will show up in any reasonable time for purchase.
 

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looked around o thule's site after seeing you guys mention those custom models
they already have sections for the Telluride but no products yet

 

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Anyone who buys into the lower trim levels will probably be looking in LED upgrades for the headlights and fog lamps, but those are usually fairly universal. Probably be some interest in bypass modules to eliminate start/stop and LKAS if Hyundai hasn't provided a way to disengage from factory.
 

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If any of you take your Telluride to a detailer after taking delivery and inquire about paint protection film, let us know about availability.
Brands like 3M usually get specs directly from automakers so it might not be an issue but of course not something we know just yet with 100% confidence.
An alternative to that film if not available might be applicants like Opti-Coat.
 

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Whatever you guys do don't go for Xpel.
Of all the companies to make these paint films, Xpel has been getting the most negative feedback. Within the first year of install some owners have seen it peel. Thankfully we're past the days of these yellowing.
 

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I had Xpel put on my Stinger and it was fine. I'm sure it also has to do with the installer.
Valid point.
I did spend some time looking into the nuances of these PPF's and having a good installer can make all the difference. I know some companies require installers to go through certification, not sure if that's the case here.
 

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I would likely be someone who wouldnt offroad it for anything more than the nasty dirt road that leads to the big apple orchard by my house (which may be the best mudding trail in eastern MA to be honest), but I am a little obsessed with the look of the green one above and the one that was displayed at the Paris Fashion Week show. It just looks more rugged. When I used to have a Dodge Ram 1500 Sport I had rock rails, white letter tires, a light bar and tonneau cover.... I didnt need any of it, but it made the truck just look badass!
 
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