The latest renderings revealed that the popular Kia Telluride SUV transformed into a pickup truck. Kia is entering the midsize truck segment with the new model according to the latest news. However, from plenty of speculations, the forthcoming model will be called the 2021 Kia Telluride pickup truck, and it will be based on an SUV model.
In fact, the new renderings reveal an almost identical look as on the SUV model with an added large cab behind. According to Kia, the next pickup, whatever they called it finally, will be made to compete against Nissan Frontier or Toyota Tacoma.
2021 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck Exterior
As we already said, the forthcoming 2021 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck is based on the SUV model. Moreover, rendering photos are available, and it reveals an almost identical look as the SUV. At first glance, the design is insane, and the pickup truck looks handsome. Kia continues with the same design language, providing a rugged yet elegant design.
The boxy shape also remains, and the pickup truck comes with the same long, broad hood and the widest tiger-nose grille. More chrome finishes are added across the top and bottom, making the grille more prominent. Interestingly, headlights are more visible features a ring of orange LEDs, for an even more dramatic look. The new Nightfall Edition that is available on the SUV model makes it look darker and it adds a more aggressive tone with blacked-out elements.
Inside, the forthcoming 2021 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck will not depart too much from the SUV version. As you probably know, Kia Telluride SUV offers a very modern and spacious cabin. Also, this model has an impressive 87 cubic feet of cargo space. However, because of the pickup truck structure, expect different numbers, but still spacious interior.
In terms of techs, we are assuming that the pickup truck will borrow everything from the SUV model. That means we could see standard Sofino synthetic leather upholstery, keyless entry with push-button start, 8-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto support.
The Telluride has an impressive list of safety. This model includes a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.
2021 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck Powertrain Specs
Under the hood, the pickup truck will most likely use the same engine as the SUV model. The sole powerplant is offered in the Telluride, and it consists of a 3.8-liter V6 powertrain mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
This potent direct-injected aluminum-block engine pumps out little less than 300 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. As for the fuel economy, consider that the pickup truck is more massive than SUV, fuel consumption will probably slip slightly. Fuel economy on the current SUV is rated 20/26 mpg (FWD), 19/24 mpg (AWD).
Release Date and Price
We don’t know the exact release date of 2021 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck. Based on various reports, manufacturers may use another name. Anyway, Ford and Chevy will finally get a real competitor. Pricing will most likely be slightly higher than the SUV model that starts at $32,000.