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SEMA 2018: Customised Kia Tellurides showcased

By Tristan Tancredi, 31 Oct 2018 News

Customised Kia Tellurides SEMA 2018 news

Makeshift off-road course at SEMA puts four custom Tellurides to the test.

KIA has set up a makeshift off-road course at the 2018 SEMA Show, to show off four modified versions of its upcoming Telluride SUV.

Positioned just outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, the custom course called ‘Torque Track’ includes a jump, mountain climb and water crossings, all aimed at pushing the Telluride to its limit.

“We surprised everyone with Telluride’s special appearance in New York earlier this year; we showed its stylish swagger on a fashion runway, and now at SEMA we are showcasing the vehicle’s more rugged side,” said Saad Chehab, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Kia Motors America.

“Of course a production Telluride won’t be able to fly over extreme jumps like these modified versions, but we want the SEMA attendees to get to know Kia as the youthful brand we are and we think the Torque Track does that in a very special way.”

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The four Telluride models – Horizon Roamer, Cadet Leader, Desert Drifter and Baja Glider – have purpose-built suspension systems that include two inches (front) and five inches (rear) of increased travel. The tracks of all vehicles have also been widened by three inches, and all four ride on Black Rhino 32-inch wheels wrapped in Milestar Patagonia muddies.

Front suspension:
-          KW Motorsports inverted-shaft long-travel McPherson struts with remote reservoirs, linear bearings and three-way adjustable damping.
-          Fabricated lower control arms.
-          Corrected bump steer and roll centre.
-          King hydraulic bump stops, shock tower reinforcements. 

Rear suspension:
-          KW Motorsports long travel inverted WRC spec shocks with remote reservoirs and three-way adjustable damping.
-          Fabricated multi-link suspension with toe curve and anti-squat correction.
-          Longer trailing arms for constant geometry.
-          King hydraulic bump stops.

All four vehicles are designed to excel on specific off-road environments and feature unique paint-jobs and accessories, and all are powered by a V6 engine with all-wheel drive.