Kia Continues To Tease The 2020 Telluride With Four New Off-Road Concepts

Kia still hasn’t unveiled the production version of the Telluride, but that hasn’t stopped the company from introducing four new concepts at SEMA.

Built in conjunction with LGE-CTS Motorsports, all four concepts are powered by an undisclosed V6 engine and feature a unique design which draws inspiration from different off-road environments. The models also help to preview the production crossover will which make its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show early next year.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Telluride Horizon Roamer which has been designed to tackle the Rubicon Trail. On the styling front, the model has a Bright Orange paint job which is contrasted by a black hood, black fender flares and black wheels which are wrapped in 32-inch Milestar Patagonia Mud Terrain tires.

The concept has also been equipped with a brush guard, a snorkel and a roof rack which features an integrated LED light bar. Other highlights include skid plates and a straight-pipe exhaust.

Moving on, the Telluride Cadet Leader is designed for trailblazing which Kia describes as a “kind of off-roading that can get very tricky, very quickly.” The crossover features many of the same modifications as the Horizon Roamer, but it distinguished by a two-tone paint job and a Rotopak carrier which is mounted on the rear quarter panel. The concept also has Amber Halo LED auxiliary lights and a tubular rear bumper with a skid plate.

The Telluride Desert Drifter pays tribute of the off-road environments just outside of Las Vegas where SEMA is currently taking place. As a result, it has a Desert Military Tan paint job which is contrasted by black accents. The concept features a mix of accessories from the two aforementioned concepts, but is distinguished by Rotopacks which are mounted on the hood.

Lastly, there’s the Telluride Baja Glider. Designed to tackle Mexico’s tough countryside, the concept has a tubular front bumper with a prominent skid plate. The model has also been equipped with LED light bars, a matching rear bumper and familiar wheels with 32-inch tires.

While Kia is staying tight-lipped about the production model, the Telluride will seat up to eight people when it is launched in the first half of 2019.

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  • ksegg

    Yay, yet another SUV. So exciting.


  • MarketAndChurch

    Not bad.

  • no25

    Photo 10/11 just proves how wrong KIA was for not using the concept’s grille – looks awful!

    • Dude

      I agree but it does look more american so it might look better to buyers in that regard

  • Dude
    • Dennis Scipio

      The production model looks better tbh.

  • charlotteharry57

    So, what exactly is the point of having it at SEMA if the official intro is still over 2 months away? Unlike the 4 major auto shows, the public doesn’t attend SEMA anywhere close. So, who’s seeing these?

    • Anders Gustav

      we are, right now.. ad probably lots and lots of other people ading other car sites too..

  • TheBelltower

    I want to bash the LED light bars with a baseball bat.

  • Hot Twink

    They can dress it up to look like a off-roader all they want, but all that off-road gear can’t hide a car-based platform with transverse front-wheel drive powertrain and front-biased drivetrain. There is no transfer case (instead there is a rear axle driveline module) and no low range gearing.

    • Emoto

      It would be fun to see what happens if you actually take them offroad. And, by “offroad”, I don’t mean a dry, smooth, forest floor that would be ok for a sports car to drive over.

  • ThatGuy

    Its like they took an escalade and 1998 chevy blazer and gave us a slightly modern Blazer without any Americana flair.

  • SetNick

    It will look better lowered. Just my thoughts.

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