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Kia Might Have A Pickup Truck In Development

Kia used to have a very boring reputation, but they are working hard to change that, and customers are beginning to notice. The successful Telluride SUV, the new Soul, the sporty K5, and the cool Stinger, along with the 2021 Seltos, Sorento, Cadenza, Rio, GT lineup, and 2022 Sedona, Kia is off to a huge start. But, they are not finished. Prototypes for new Forte and K900 sedans are popping up, and new versions the Sportage and Niro crossovers have been caught covered in camo. A new EV crossover called 'Futuron' is also coming within the next few years.

Rumors have been floating around for some time now that Kia is planning on a new pickup truck. It would compete with the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, and would probably share a lot of underpinnings with the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz. More clues of this vehicle's existence is the fact that Kia mentioned a tough ute for Australia in 2019 (a ute is a popular Australian pickup with car-based parts, underpinnings and bodywork). Kia explained further about a "pickup, dual-cab, and single cab." They said that this ute would come around 2022 or 2023. Since then, we haven't heard much.

The Kia pickup will reportedly be a global model, meaning that the "dual-cab and single-cab" variants hinted before will likely arrive in the US. Although it would be smart for Kia to borrow a lot from Hyundai's Santa Cruz, CarBuzz states that the Kia will be a bit more heavy duty with an approximate towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.

Source Credits: CarBuzz


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