Kia has used New York Fashion Week to unveil a customized version of the 2020 Telluride.
Jointly created with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, the one-off model previews the production crossover which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.
Kia didn’t say much about the production Telluride, but this modified version has custom bumpers, rugged skid plates and a front-mounted winch. Other off-road touches include a snorkel, recovery hooks and 20-inch wheels which are wrapped in meaty tires.
The crossover also has a rear-mounted spare tire carrier and a custom roof rack that is constructed out of wood and aluminum. Last but not least, the Telluride has rocker guards and a ladder that provides easy access to the roof rack.
The interior largely carries over from the production model, but it has been equipped with a number of unique touches. These include natural wood trim and saddle-inspired leather upholstery on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels. Kia also said the cargo area features leather trim and metal details.
The 2020 Telluride will be launched early next year and it will offer seating for up to eight people. The model will be built at the company’s plant in West Point, Georgia and it will compete with other large crossovers such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Subaru Ascent.
It will slot above the Sorento and Kia hinted the Telluride is “several inches longer and wider” than its smaller counterpart. Kia also confirmed the model will be offered with a V6 engine. There’s no word on performance specifications, but the Sorento has a 3.3-liter V6 that develops 290 hp (216 kW / 294 PS) and 252 lb-ft (341 Nm) of torque.