The Kia Ute saga continues with the latest spy shots of an even less-hidden ute with clear Kia badging in the grille, hidden behind a mesh screen.
Kia Australia remains tight-lipped about details about the ute, but has made no secret of wanting it here.
These latest spy photos (courtesy of Auto Spy) shows progress in development from the Mohave front-end prototype seen last year. Still, the headlights are distinctly dynamic in their design.
The spy photos give a clear glimpse of the roofline and the ute’s bluff styling with plenty of vertical surfaces, just like the Sorento large SUV. The Kia ute’s rear overhang also appears to be quite long in this shot, which could affect its load-carrying ability.
Kia has worked hard to cover the rear doors and tub on the latest test mule. The wheels Kia’s ute is understood to be in development, though any further details, including local arrivals, are scarce and executives are guarded.
With the automotive world rapidly shifting to electrification, it’s unlikely Kia will have newly developed diesel powertrains in its future, and an EV version may be a possibility.
For now, though, any word on the powertrain or arrival time is pure speculation.
We expect Kia’s latest ute to be similar in proportions to Australia’s and Thailand’s favorite one-tonne dual cabs, which Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger And Isuzu D-Maxrather than compared to larger ones RAM 1500 And Chevrolet Silverado.
Check us out TheotlThe back story features an artist’s impression of what the Kia ute might look like
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25 November 2022: “I think your presentation made it sensational,” said Kia Australia’s general manager of product planning, Roland Rivero. of Theotl Kia ute render based on the Mohave.
Unfortunately, the image renders won’t be the final look of the ute: “It’s not unusual in any kind of prototype testing – Especially when you are currently only working on the chassis, for example — taking a panel from another car just to disguise it,” he said.
Like punters and journalists, Kia’s Australian arm is keen for more information: “I think [Kia]”If there was a vehicle in development, an announcement would be appreciated sooner rather than later,” continued Rivero.
“Because you have to develop a dealer network. Some dealer showrooms may only be sized to cater to passenger cars or SUVs, so adding that [ute] The lineup will actually mean investment and infrastructure.
“So I think you have to give the dealer network time to do that – you can’t expect dealers to come back in two months – so ideally something of an announcement, if any. Was, will be done soon. Rather than later if [the vehicle] Already the chassis was in development mode,” Rivero said.
How successful can Kia’s ute be?
With a light commercial vehicle to compete with the likes of the Ranger, HiLux, Triton and D-Max, Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith is confident the brand’s sales will grow. It’s not hard to see why, given the ute segment 200,000 new car sales annually.
“If you get 10 per cent of the LCV market that’s more than 20,000 Australians sold”, Meredith said. That should be enough to see Kia climb up the sales leaderboard and potentially take second place from Mazda.
Of course, this will all depend on the ute being successful. While that sounds certain, it isn’t, we’ve seen new players fail before – most recently the Nissan Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
On the subject, Kia’s Australian executives made it clear. The wheels That if what we’re looking at is going to be a new car – or a range of them – it’s going to be new from the ground up.
“If [Kia] Were going to make a product of this nature, they wouldn’t be making it from a 2008 product that’s more than 10 years old, it’s just a matter of what product we have in our range, we at least for now. can hold the panels to complete the mask for
“If there was such a product, expect it to be brand new from the ground up,” Rivero added.
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Updated November 9: 2024 Kia ute spy photos and renders: Ford Ranger rival takes shape
Following the first clear spy photos of the upcoming Kia pickup published last week, we’ve come across a pair of renderings that could be a hint of what’s to come. (Now shown above in our latest update.)
As explained below, we’re expecting the Kia ute’s design to bear little resemblance to the Mohave face it wore in prototype form, but when it comes to visualizing it might mean, so we’ve decided to keep the Mohave relatively close to both. And the Telluride SUV sold overseas.
We considered models like the Sportage, Seltos and the upcoming EV9 as possible inspiration for our renders (produced by the brilliant Theotel), but ultimately, the Kia ute is likely to take a different direction to all of these current models. will take
Still, we think our offering of the upcoming ute has impressive styling, standing as a tough competitor to the iconic Ford Ranger.
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November 3: The upcoming Ranger rival Kia ute has been spied, clearly on purpose – and it seems certain that an Australian launch is in the works.
- Mohave SUV facial cues on Ranger size
- Solid axle refers to ICE powertrains.
- An electrified variant is expected.
The long, long awaited Kia ute It has been spied out in the open for the first time wearing heavy camouflage – and a very clear front mask made from Current Mohave SUV overseas sales.
Right off the bat, a few details are obvious: First, the seemingly smooth bolting of the Mohave face on this ute confirms what we’ve long been expecting: Kia’s ute will be Ranger-sized, making it a clear contender in Australia’s popular ute market.
While the Mohave face may logically be for prototyping purposes only, the current Mohave design is a 2019 facelift of a model launched in 2008. In fact, the current Mohave is now so old that, despite being designed for North America, it is now only sold. In Korea
Kia is clearly ready for the world to learn more about its upcoming ute, with the brand’s new badge prominently displayed on the grille of this spy prototype. Not so much ‘spying’, then, ‘easily exposed to the world’s media’. Fair Play – This is marketing at its best. Definition
Expect a large electric ute for Australia, and an ICE model.
Based on Kia president Ho-Sung-song’s comments at an investor event in March this year, we can expect the Korean brand to introduce two utes in the coming years – a niche, style-oriented and compact car from Hyundai. is bigger than the Santa Cruz pickup based on .
There will be a ‘full-size’ electric ute designed specifically for America and with the Ford F-150 Lightning in its sights; While the other will be a smaller ICE-based model developed for “emerging markets” in Asia, including Australia – not technically an “emerging” market, but sold in Asia and ‘Oceania’. There is already a well-established terrain for utes.
Given the open interest shown by Kia’s influential Australian arm for a proper dual-cab work ute – a ‘small’ offering designed to compete not only in size with the likes of the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger has been done, but also designed to advance this section by offering some degree of Electrification (presumably before Ford’s expected Ranger PHEV arrives) – looks like the second model will be a perfect fit for Australia.
What size Kia ute are we talking about?
The ute spied here, with its Mohave face, suggests a Ranger-sized offering. – while the solid axle design seen at the rear makes it clear that we can expect this to be a segment-competitive diesel or petrol offering, which will suit the preferences of the Australian market.
Of course, given that we’re currently living in 2022, an electric version of this ute should also be on the cards.
Still, for those motivated by more than conventional needs, Kia’s Australian arm is clear in its aims.
Speaking to the media in South Korea at the launch of Seltos in 2019 – because it is atleast How long has the pressure been on – Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith couldn’t hide his eagerness to join the brand’s line-up.
“The good news is that the talks are taking place, so it’s still a long way off, but we believe that the group will have a light commercial range in Australia in the near future.
“Yes, I think 2022-23 will be very close,” he said here referring to the launch date.
If only we had a crystal ball back then…
Meredith continued: “The work has begun. We are talking about pickup, dual cab, single cab. What we asked for. [for Australia] This is a complete trick of a ute: Double Cab, Double Cab, Diesel and Petrol.
The interview provided the most detailed commentary we’ve yet heard about the Kia ute that could be undermining sales leaders like the Ranger and Hilux – but Meredith also confirmed that we can expect The Kia ute will get local tuning in Australia.
“It’s part of our robust strategy, we put every car that comes into Australia through this process. It’s usually eight to 12 months out, so it won’t be for the next year or so.”
At this time, at the back end of 2022, It appears that Kia’s Australian team, including ride and handling consultant Graeme Gambold, is already driving the car in Korea. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it on Australian roads in the coming months.
What about… Hyundai?
The local launch of Kia’s ute could be quickly followed by Hyundai’s dual-cab version built on the same platform.
“I guess that makes sense, doesn’t it?” Hyundai Group on the topic of designing a ladder frame platform for both of its major brands, Meredith said.
In fact, despite this week’s sneaky Kia ‘spy’ photo, the Hyundai version could debut earlier as well.
“Hopefully we are the first. [to launch in Australia] But it doesn’t really matter. It will be close.”
However, luckily Hyundai’s Australian arm has volunteered a useful statement on this. We have been given the classic ‘no comment’ so far.
Meredith has never been shy about making predictions. In that 2019 interview, he suggested the company would expect to own “8 to 10 percent” of the light commercial vehicle segment, which would translate to about 20,000 ute sales.
The car-based Santa Cruz is currently Hyundai’s only ute, but don’t expect it to make much of an impact on the group’s upcoming ladder frame.
When will Kia’s ute go on sale in Australia?
There’s no need to hide Kia Australia’s interest in the ute, especially when such a model can be seen as a key contributor to its climb up the local sales ladder.
There’s no official word, but if the new ute comes out early next year, a late 2023 or early 2024 launch for Australia could follow.