Kia is looking to introduce an all-new pick-up truck in 2021, finally filling the gap in the company's global model line-up.
Details remain scarce at the moment, but Kia Motors Australia (KMAu) CEO Damien Meredith mentioned that the new pick-up truck has been confirmed and will go head-to-head against the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.
“From what we know thus far it’s going to be pretty suitable for the Australian market. It’ll probably be a dual-cab, I would suggest,” he told GoAuto. The upcoming pick-up truck is a model which the company hopes will help bump sales figures towards the 100,000 annual sales mark in Australia. After all, Australia is a key market for pick-up trucks.
Mr Meredith also added that development work for the Kia pick-up truck would be independently by Kia, as sister company Hyundai has not confirmed its own version of a pick-up truck. This also means that the purported Kia pick-up truck won’t be sharing a platform with well-known trucks, like the Nissan Navara and Mercedes-Benz X-Class cousins.
Additionally, Mr Meredith said that commercial vehicles sold by KMAu will benefit from their seven-year warranty, similar to their passenger cars.
A couple of years ago Kia toyed with the idea of a pick-up truck for the North American market. The Mohave concept you see above was Kia's idea of a pick-up truck, but the project was canned soon after.