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KIA brings four hand-built concepts to SEMA

1 November 2016

KIA Motors America unveiled four all-new customised vehicles, yesterday at the opening day of the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

Also making its SEMA debut is the Telluride full-size hybrid SUV concept that was first unveiled early this year at the North American International Auto Show. The Telluride is a three-row, seven-passenger, luxury hybrid SUV concept with front doors and rear-hinged back doors that swing open 90 degrees in opposing directions, creating an expansive portal into the interior of the vehicle.


Underpinning the Telluride is a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase increased by 300mm to 3 080mm. Its 22-inch five-spoke wheels are wrapped in Hankook® Ventus ST 275/45R22 tyres.

Sorento Ski Gondola
The luxurious and self-driving Sorento Ski Gondola was built by LUX Motorwerks to tackle snow and ice as it gets you and your fellow skiers up to the top of the mountain for another run.

Dominator Rubber Tracks allow this gondola to act as a ‘go-anywhere cold-weather machine’. On top, a custom metal roof rack has been fitted so that skis and poles can be stored outside the vehicle, while the interior floor was given a waterproof Line-X treatment to protect against the ice and snow that may find its way inside.

Soul First Class
This self-driving custom-built vehicle has rear-facing seats, no steering wheel and an array of luxury enhancements.


Inside the Soul First Class is a 40-inch Samsung LED TV connected to a Mac mini computer system and premium audio speakers throughout. A motorised centre console reveals two tablets, which control this futuristic KIA. Luxurious white and gray leather with diamond stitching is found throughout the cabin and the vehicle has modern gray wood flooring to match.


Niro Hybrid
The 2017 Niro hybrid has been transformed into a true crossover-utility lifestyle vehicle. Removal of the passenger-side B-pillar facilitates easy entry into a cabin and removal of the D-pillars at the back creates a small bed that allows for the custom bike rack, tool box and tablet computer mount.
The ONEU safety laser bike lane light mounted to the rear illuminates a laser LED road behind the vehicle and the athlete can easily monitor speed, time and distance covered via the tablet while the Niro autonomously keeps pace. The tablet can also be attached inside the vehicle for entertainment or performance analysis while the Niro effortlessly drives the athlete home or to the next competition. Riding on a 2-inch lowered suspension, the Niro Triathlete is shod with 265/35R-18 Dunlop Direzza sport tyres and lightweight 18-inch Method Rally Race wheels.

School of Rock Grand Sedona
“This rolling recording studio features everything aspiring musicians crave: a studio, a place to chill and a completely hands-free way of transporting the band to the next gig.
The driver-side B-pillar, steering assembly and gear selector have all been removed to make room for a digital mixing board and dual flat-screen monitors to record tracks, in this autonomous vehicle.

This Sedona has a custom paint job and storage space on the roof for guitars, bass guitars and other instruments.
The School of Rock Grand Sedona rides on flat-black painted 20-inch Vossen VFS-6 wheels that are wrapped in Toyo Proxes 255/45R-20 tyres.