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The latest rumors are strongly suggesting the 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck. Without any doubt, Kia clearly plans to build a pickup truck. The Korean manufacturer partners Hyundai in building the Santa Cruz pickup. Now, two companies will work on a new pickup truck that will arrive under Kia’s badge. The speculations are predicting for this brand-new pickup to be based on the Telluride SUV.
That means the rumors about pickup based on the Mohave SUV were obviously false. Telluride is a relatively new SUV that has become an instant hit in the United States. The idea of the Telluride-based pickup truck makes perfect sense. A bigger platform and more potent engine are a must but we think Kia has the potential to launch a competitive model in the pickup truck segment.
2022 Telluride Pickup Truck Engine Specs
The 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck is not official yet. However, some parts of this model will be easy to predict. That includes the powertrain option. Kia will deliver a potent V6 engine for sure. The most likely candidate is a 3.8-liter output that generates 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. New Telluride Pickup Truck will be a mid-size model so this is more than enough power in our opinion. Whatsoever, these figures are among the best in the mid-size segment.
Kia will offer an eight-speed automatic transmission. On top of that, both 4×2 and 4×4 systems will be in the offer. We don’t know the exact specs but Telluride Pickup will tow between 6,500 and 7,000 pounds. A four-cylinder variant is another likely option. Like the rest of the competition, Kia will probably offer this unit as the entry-level powertrain option.
Exterior and Interior
The Kia Telluride has been voted the best mid-size SUV of the year. It is a real gamechanger, both for Kia and the segment itself. This SUV comes with three rows of seats, off-road capabilities, fresh design, and great comfort. As for the 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck, we should expect plenty of similarities. The pickup variant will get the same attractive design but Kia will probably opt for a bolder approach.
We expect to see more toughness and slightly larger dimensions. The interior will be very spacious and the level of comfort will be impressive. The SUV variant offers 87 cubic feet of cargo space. Technology-wise, Telluride Pickup Truck will probably arrive with the same features and very similar cabin design.
2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck Release Date, Competition
The upcoming 2022 Kia Telluride Pickup Truck should arrive in the first quarter of 2022. Moreover, Kia will firstly launch this model in Australia, before shipping it to America. It is a long wait for the Telluride Pickup but we think this model is going to be a success.
Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup will arrive at the same timeline as well. However, Kia Telluride Truck will compete against Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. We think the Korean manufacturer will opt for a body-on-frame variant with independent suspension.