KIA TASMAN PICKUP CONTINUES TO BE SEEN ON THE TEST ROAD

In the latest appearance, KIA Tasman is still carefully camouflaged. It looks like the car is being tested on its powertrain and chassis platform. But if we pay close attention, we will notice that the front of the car is inspired by the design of the Kia Mohave model.

According to Thekoreancarblog, Kia Chairman Ho-sung Song recently announced a plan to produce specialized electric vehicles in four major markets to expand electric vehicle output. In addition to the EV9 produced at the Hwaseong factory (Korea), other mid-sized electric car models will be introduced in China from next year, while other small and mid-sized electric car models will be produced in India. Degree from 2025.

In addition, the Korean automaker also announced two pickup models, which will use electric vehicle platforms and vehicles using internal combustion engines. The pure electric pickup model will be developed for the North American market, while the traditional internal combustion engine pickup model will be developed for emerging markets.

The test prototype of the Kia pickup truck was spotted on a recent test track believed to be the Tasman. Based on photos of test prototypes, it can be seen that the Kia Tasman also has large ground clearance, a square grille and a vertical LED daytime running light system inspired by the Mohave. In addition, it seems that the car is using quite small wheels.

There is currently not much information about the powertrain of this pickup model. Previously, Drive website said that Kia Australia has revealed that it will soon launch a new pickup model. The Korean automaker announced that its new pickup model will be a formidable competitor to Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. It is known that Kia also purchased Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger models for testing.

Kia Australia also confirmed with dealers that the new pickup model will launch in Australia with a diesel powertrain, most likely the CRDi 2.2L 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that has been used for many years on the market. Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. The Mohave’s 3.0L turbo-diesel is also a possibility. It is worth noting that a purely electric version of the pickup model is expected to be introduced in a later stage.

The upcoming Kia pickup model is said to be developed on a new ladder-frame chassis platform, shared with the Kia Mohave SUV sold in Korea.

Hopefully in the near future, we will have more information and images about Kia’s completely new pickup model.

Source: Auto Daily

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