According to the latest reports, the 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck is happening. Kia is definitely willing to enter the pickup truck segment, finally. The Korean automaker already teamed up with Hyundai in building a new Santa Cruz pickup truck. The two brands will probably work together on building the very first pickup under the Kia badge. The same reports are suggesting a model based on the Telluride SUV.
This is great to hear as the Telluride model has been voted for the best mid-size model of 2020. Of course, the ultimate goal is to deliver new pickup in the U.S. Everything makes perfect sense and we are hoping to see a new truck by the end of the next year. There is still too much mystery about Kia Pickup, including the engine options and price.
2022 Telluride Pickup Truck Design
The 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck will surely look very similar to its SUV sibling. The whole idea is to deliver a pickup that will look very modern and it will wear plenty of SUV-like stuff. Moreover, the two models will share the same underpinnings. Thanks to that, the new pickup will offer the great off-road ability and much more.
The ride comfort should be very pleasant. Attractive styling is a must. And while the SUV looks very handsome, the pickup truck variant will look more aggressive and it will wear a bolder design. Kia will find a way to add some toughness without any doubts.
The approaching 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck will get slightly larger dimensions than the Telluride SUV. Thanks to that, the interior room will provide more room. That means the cabin will be both roomy and modern. Whatsoever, Telluride SUV comes with 87 cubic feet of cargo space. That is more than enough and the pickup truck will be even more spacious.
Of course, we are expecting to see a lot of carryovers. That includes the same displays, same upholstery, and even most of the high-tech amenities. By 2022, Telluride Pickup Truck will surely get currently the latest driver-assistance aids as well.
Potent V6 Powertrain Option
Under the hood, the new 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck won’t deliver any surprises. The pickup truck based on the Telluride SUV will probably offer the same engine lineup as its sibling. Everything comes down to only one powertrain option. It is a proven 3.8-liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower. Moreover, this gasoline variant delivers 262 lb-ft of torque. Two models are sharing the same platform, so they are dimensionally very similar.
That means the pickup truck variant will compete in the mid-size segment. This is more than enough power for a mid-size pickup truck. However, the fans are hoping to see a diesel engine option. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available, along with the 4×2 and 4×4 driving setups. Lastly, Telluride Pickup will tow up to 7,000 pounds.
2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck Price and Release Date
The arriving 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck will hopefully go on sale by the end of 2021. Interestingly, this model will firstly arrive in Australia, before it gets launched in the United States. American soil is full of established models such as the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. The price is not available yet, but the pickup truck version will cost slightly above the SUV variant.