Rocky Mountain High: 2020 Kia Telluride SEMA Video

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In addition to all the stunning customized pickup trucks and Frankenstein project vehicles at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, some of the mainstream car, SUV and truck manufacturers offered drive opportunities. In front of the Las Vegas Convention Center and inside the Ford Performance area (an empty section of parking lot), automakers offered rides with professional drifters like Vaughn Gittin Jr. in a 2018 Mustang GT.

At the rear of the convention center, Kia offered drifting in brand-new Stingers as well as rides in a few modified full-size (meaning three-row) 2020 Telluride SUVs. The course included some stretches with off-camber hairpins, a rutted and potholed tarmac, a hard-packed jump and a slippery hill climb.

We know this isn't a pickup truck but it's the closest Kia has come, so we shot a video for your enjoyment. Look for more information about the 2020 Kia Telluride during January's 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

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Comments

You can tell from the sound that it uses the twin turbo 3.3L V6 from the Stinger. Looks like a really good SUV.

My driveway is tougher than that obstacle course. I also have wallowing water hazards.

I just saw the prototype of a pretty awesome truck today check it out https://bit.ly/2zbJJQT

Kia and Hyundai keep getting better and better.

This could be my next truck!

Forget about a mini Pickup from Hyundai/ Kia for the US this is what Hyundai/ Kia are working on large SUV's for the US.
Hyundai has their own version as well
Much more profitable than it would appear ditched Sante Fe

Still driving the first version of the Kia, Borego from 2009. I'm rolling 450,000 miles. Original owner. It's not quite as impressive as the Telluride, but well worth every dime (ten times over)!

Another Kia borrego disaster in the making. They just never learn.

Kia and Hyundai keep getting better and better.


Posted by: Clint | Nov 15, 2018 10:41:04 AM

Agreed, these 2 companies are largely responsible for Ford dropping multiple car models from their line-up.

Barring a significant change in truck-buying habits Kia/Hyundai will bring a competitive body/frame pickup to North America.

The SUV market is very crowded.

When Toyota or Nissan (or Ford?) announces that they're dropping their half-ton trucks in a few years, Kia/Hyundai will pounce.

This could be my next truck!

@poopajim,

Very good. It was about time you got a real truck and a SUV because all you haul is air!

In other news, my homeboy Jim Acosta got his press pass back!

A free, strong and independent press is what we are all about.

Tump and poopa lose again.

@papajim--Agree now that Kia is introducing the Telluride it is not hard to imagine them making a pickup from this platform. Agree with the above statement "Hyundai and Kia keep getting better and better." Stretch the length of the platform some more and you have a pickup.

LOL "off roading"...Ive done worse in my geo prizm. It'll be a soccer dad suv for guys hangin on to their last bit of manhood in their Mc'mansion rough uneven driveways.

Jeff S
No they will not bring a Pickup to the US, but you will see plenty of SUV'S
It serms the mini Pickup of 2015 has dripped off rhe radar

@papajim
Logically if Ford, GM etc drop tbeir 1/2 tons. Kia/ Hyundai know something is very wrong with the US market

Am I missing something or are pickups now going to look like every other bubble car crossover on the road?

And that "obstacle" course is in better shape than most roads in the city of atlanta.

Lets try to stay on topic here.



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