2023 KIA Telluride Pickup Truck Redesign, Release Date, and Price. KIA enters the intermediate truck segment to compete with Ford and Chevy. That’s right. The KIA pickup trucks come to compete with options such as the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado. See what we know so far.
The New KIA Telluride three-line crossover has enjoyed just about the best debuts the new model could be, accumulating sales success and critical praise in the same size. The Square-jawed Telluride is also seen part of a large SUV, all hard edges and yellow shapes. And that makes us think that KIA sure will look good as a pickup truck.
And don’t you know that the Telluride does look sharp as a truck? At least, when it’s a truck in this exclusive rendering. The Telluride seemed completely natural with bodywork around the cargo area and the third seat line was stripped to create the pickup bed. To complete the transformation, we give the pickup a rougher appearance overall than the Telluride SUV.
2023 KIA Telluride Pickup Truck Competitions
Size-wise, a will-be a KIA Telluride pickup truck will likely fall into the same intermediate segment as Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado, and Ford Ranger. The KIA SUV is a 196.9 large inch long, a few inches shy of those trucks’ length, but we figure KIA will add some back overhang to the Telluride pickup to provide a useful bed measuring at least five feet long.
Wrap it faster if you still wrap your mind around the idea of a KIA pickup brand. Medium truck segments explode, which is why it should come as no surprise that cars that have traditionally not yet offered pickups in the US are taking a look at doing so.
KIA never offered a stateside pickup, and the company executives were coy about the topic in an interview with our friend at MotorTrend earlier this year, not confirming or denying the future of the KIA pickup.
The only problem we see is that the Australian executive KIA has, in fact, asserted that the company is working on a truck (at least for that market), but says it will be based on the upcoming compact Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Perhaps the Hyundai/Kia calculus size has changed since then– a compact truck, while novel, may significantly narrow its attractiveness relative to midsized today and will need a lot, much cheaper to attract buyers. Either Way, if the KIA doesn’t get a truck, it won’t be outside the pale, especially if it looks at least something like Telluride.
2023 KIA Telluride Pickup Truck Release Date
The KIA pickup truck was on track to make its debut in Australia on 2023 or 2023. While it means we have long waited before this truck comes out, it means that it will be long before the truck enters the US market.