Towards completion of July 2019, a chief running officer of Kia Australia verified that a dual-cab ute would be offered in the Land Down Under as early as 2022. Damien Meredith also discussed that “work has begun” on the mid-size pickup, which will likewise be used as a single cab.
Cars Guide further understands that customers will be dealt with to gasoline and turbo diesel alternatives, however, Meredith didn’t mention more about the said engine options. Kia is targeting around 10 percent of the marketplace, namely 21,000 sales from a grand overall of around 210,000 pickups.
Success in the light commercial vehicle sector would take Kia and Hyundai to a various level, more so because Mazda is struggling a bit with the BT-50 pickup. It needs to be discussed that this workhorse is a correct among those, not a crossover-based unibody such as the Santa Cruz.
The body-on-frame workhorse is explained as “a pretty powerful package” by Meredith, declaring that it’s “a fantastic product” with “terrific rates and a seven-year warranty.” Thinking about that Kia is among the more reliable brands out there, we’re keeping our fingers crossed the yet-to-be-named model will mirror the reliability of the Tucson and Santa Fe.
Targeting the Ranger and HiLux from Ford and Toyota will not be secure, and both Hyundai and Kia know it firsthand. The South Koreans are also known for extensive R&D whenever they create an all-new product, more so if it’s all-new from the ground up like these two mid-size trucks.
“Australia isn’t the only market Hyundai is targeting,” according to Cars Guide. Local executives validated with the motoring publication “the product would require to be international to get last approval.” In other words, Europe is more than particular to get this truck and the Kia version.
For the U.S.?
The huge question is, will the U.S. get it as well? See this space for additional details, and look forward to an idea within the next 12 months.