The pickup market is becoming more and more popular these days. So, it’s no wonder that even carmaker that doesn’t have a pedigree of making such vehicles. Naturally, Hyundai and Kia are no exception. As major carmakers, these two companies want a share in every segment of the automotive industry. Hyundai already works on a new Santa Cruz pickup truck, but Kia has been busy as well. The Korean manufacturer plans to launch a pickup in two or three years and it looks it will be a genuine truck, which rides on a body-on-frame platform. It is expected to come in about two or three years, so we will call it 2022 Kia Pickup Truck for now.
2022 Kia Pickup Truck Design
If we can rely on the latest reports, the Korean carmaker is about to launch a genuine pickup truck. This means it will ride on a body-on-frame platform, which isn’t something we used to see from this company. This probably means the two Korean companies will develop a completely new architecture for this occasion.
The exact details are still unavailable. Still, we are pretty sure this will be a mid-size truck, which will compete with models like Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux etc. This is going to be a real working machine. We count on two or more cab designs and bed sizes in the offer.
Two Trucks For Two Different Markets
As you probably know, Hyundai already presented a compact Santa Cruz pickup. However, Kia’s spokesmen insist that the 2022 Kia Pickup Truck won’t feature the same unibody design, but a traditional body-on-frame layout. The new truck will be offered in Australia and Europe, while we might see a completely different design in North America.
The U.S.-market model would probably feature the same base design as Santa Cruz and compete with Honda Ridgeline. On the other side, the international version will target HiLux, Amarok, Ranger and other trucks.
Styling, Interior, Specs
When it comes to styling, it is hard to make predictions at this point. Still, if we consider the direction in which new Kia models are going, we may presume that the 2022 Kia Pickup Truck will be characterized by a similar aesthetical approach. The new Telluride is the first model that comes to mind.
The same thing goes for interior design. Simply, it is way too early for details, so we won’t speculate about the possible look. When it comes to the powertrain lineup, we presume that the focus will be on diesel engines, considering that Australia and Europe are about to be key markets for the 2022 Kia Pickup Truck. The company’s current 2.2-liter turbodiesel seems possible, but we may see something bigger as well.
When to expect 2022 Kia Pickup Truck?
The latest reports suggest that the 2022 Kia Pickup Truck release date will be scheduled for 2022. The new model is still in the early stage of development, so there’s no point to make any more precise estimations. When it comes to Kia Pickup Truck USA, we are still waiting for the details.