Advertisement: Click here to learn how to Generate Art From Text
Strip away the camouflage, and this is what Kia’s long-awaited dual-cab ute will look like when it launches in 2025.
Previously spotted examples of theKia TasmanThis spy video outlet in Korea has spotted a mule wearing sheet metal that was cobbled together from the Mohave SUV. Woopa TVIt appears that the sheet metal is being produced.
Another Korean outlet New AutopostThe spy photos have been published.
It’s quite a bluff, boxy body for the brand’s first dual-cab ute, with more upright styling than many rivals, accentuated by the vertically oriented headlights quickly becoming a signature Kia design cue, as well as a tall greenhouse.
The rear bumper features an integrated step, á la the Ford RangerThe tub can be accessed more easily.
While the dashboard is heavily disguised, the console is largely uncovered.
The gear shifter is a traditional design, and the wheel to select two- or fourwheel drive modes is also a classic. This includes an automatic 4-wheel drive mode for on-road driving, similar to the modes found in rivals such as Mitsubishi Triton.
Tasman, or TK as it is known internally, may be worn on the ute. Kia has trademarked local.
Kia confirmed to us last year that it was benchmarking its Tasman against Ford Ranger. Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota HiLux, particularly in terms of payload and towing capacity figures – a 3500kg braked towing capacity figure, therefore, seems likely.
It’ll offer a diesel engine, and we’d wager all models will feature leaf-spring rear suspension.
As to what diesel engine it will offer, that’s unclear. Kia currently offers its 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine in its SorentoYou can also find out more about the following: Carnival, with 148kW and 440Nm torque.
Uncertain is whether the company will target Ranger and Amarok models with an optional six cylinder powertrain.
You can also find out more about the following: body-on-frame Mohave SUV comes with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6, but it’s getting on in years. Nevertheless, it meets Euro 6 emissions standards, and pumps out 189kW and 560Nm – close to the V6 Ranger and Amarok’s 184kW/600Nm outputs.
The GV80The 3.0-litre turbodiesel six-cylinder engine from Genesis, a brand of Hyundai Motor Group, has been discontinued. No further applications have been confirmed.
Kia is aiming for a 10% share of the light-commercial vehicle market with its Korean-built ute. That’s just below where the Isuzu D-Max, Australia’s third best-selling ute, sits in terms of market share.
Given Australia’s love of utes – and the relative absence of them in Korea – Kia has been using our market as a testing ground.
Kia Australia product planning boss Roland Rivero said last year “lots of visitors have made the trip” to Australia to experience competitors and local conditions.
A “substantial” amount of work on the ute has been done in Australia, he said, “though a lot of work is ready to go”.
“It’s not different to any other new R&D project, so while it’s evolving, it’s also flexible,” said Kia Australia ride and handling engineer Graeme Gambold.
The Tasman isn’t the only ute Kia is working on, with an electric ute also in development that’s aimed at markets like the US.