In production since 2019 for the 2020 model year, the Kia Telluride is a commercially successful utility vehicle manufactured in the U.S. in West Point, Georgia.

Twinned with the South Korea-built Hyundai Palisade, the larger sibling

the Sorento received a well-deserved refresh in April 2022 for the 2023 model year at the New York International Auto Show.

Given its relation to Hyundai, pixel artist SRK Designs imagined a unibody pickup that appears to be a size larger than the Santa Cruz.

Not only is the mid-size crossover longer than the Santa Cruz, but SRK Designs added a few inches to the wheelbase to accommodate the bed.

Pictured in Jungle Green combined with bi-tone wheels, the design study makes plenty of sense in the U.S.A. where pickup trucks reign supreme.

The unibody construction has a certain appeal to it as well, for it promises better handling and improved ride comfort over body-on-frame pickups.

On the other hand, a mid-size unibody truck with Telluride styling cues wouldn’t be a value-oriented proposition versus body-on-frame pickups.

The 2023 model year Telluride carries a starting price of $35,690 excluding the destination freight charge.

By comparison, the soon-to-be-refreshed Ranger is listed on Ford’s website at $27,400 for the most basic of configurations.

The compact-sized Hyundai Santa Cruz is currently going for $25,450, whereas the Ford Maverick can be had for $22,195.

We also have to remember that unibody trucks are limited in their payload and towing capacities

a compromise that certain prospective customers aren’t willing to make.

What’s more, 2023 could be another difficult year for the U.S. automotive industry as per Wall Street analysts and experts.