Reports suggest that Kia is planning to sell a new pickup truck in Australia starting in 2025.
According to Drive, the manufacturer confirmed the news in a confidential meeting with dealers.
We're not sure if it will come to the U.S., but it could rival the Ford Ranger in global markets.
Kia is preparing to launch a new pickup truck—at least in Australia. According to a report by Australian publication Drive, Kia told dealers to expect a "genuine and serious rival" to the mid-size Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger trucks, both of which are popular down under. While we're not sure about the truck's U.S. prospects, we're curious to hear more about this new crew-cab model that's slated for a sales launch in 2025.
Dealers were informed the internal model code for the new truck is "TK", but the official name hasn't been announced yet. They were also reportedly told that the truck will have a new ladder-frame chassis and that it will utilize a diesel engine. This significantly narrows down the list of potential engines, as Kia and Hyundai only offer a few diesels in global markets. The four-cylinder diesel from the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe could be an option, along with the 3.0-liter inline-six diesel in foreign versions of the Genesis GV80.
Unlike the 2004 KCV4 Mojave concept pictured at top, the new truck will likely look much more like the other mid-sized trucks on the road now. Spy photos on Drive show a tall and flat front end, with a crew-cab configuration.
Despite offering more information to its Australian dealers, the manufacturer is staying tight-lipped beyond simple confirmation that the truck exists when talking to media. "Kia is currently developing a future pickup truck model that will be highly capable and fit for purpose. Additional details will be confirmed in due course," Kia told Drive.
As things stand now, we're not sure if Hyundai would consider building its own version of this new truck. It currently offers the Santa Cruz pickup in the U.S., but that's a smaller unibody truck that shares its platform with other Hyundai crossovers.
We'll have to wait a bit longer to see what's in store for Kia's forthcoming Australia-market truck, as it likely won't debut until more than a year from now at the earliest. As for the possibility of it coming to the U.S., we wouldn't hold our breath, but a Kia entry into the hot mid-size truck segment here—which includes the recently redesigned Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Chevy Colorado—could shake things up in an interesting way.
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