According to recent reports, it seems that Kia is seriously considering to enter the pickup truck segment for the first time in its history. The company’s decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the fact that its sister company Hyundai is due to launch the Santa Cruz pickup in late 2016 or early 2017. Kia’s officials are certainly keen on this idea after Hyundai’s first-ever pickup truck was warmly welcomed by car enthusiasts all around the world. If everything goes according to plan, Kia is very likely to reveal its own version of the small pickup sometime in 2017. Needless to say, the 2018 Kia Pickup will share most of its mechanical components with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, while the two models should differ when it comes to the exterior styling.
2018 Kia Pickup Design
As for its dimensions, the upcoming Kia’s pickup will be identical to the Santa Cruz truck which is actually based on the Tucson crossover. Being based on the Tucson’s platform, the 2018 Kia Pickup will be among the smallest pickup trucks you can currently find on the market. Of course, expect it to offer different styling and packaging that should set it apart from its Hyundai counterpart. Although its sheet metal design has yet to be revealed, some sources suggest that the brand new pickup is most likely to feature a front fascia that resembles the one seen on the Kia Sorento crossover. On the other hand, there are those who expect the South Korean automaker to borrow some elements of the exterior design from the 2004 Mojave concept. In any case, we expect the upcoming model to feature a unique and contemporary look.
Official engine specifications for the 2018 Kia Pickup are still unavailable. However, it’s reasonable to assume that it will probably follow in the footsteps of its Santa Cruz sibling and borrow some of the Tucson’s engine options. In addition to the familiar gasoline-powered units, new Kia pickup is also very likely to adopt Hyundai’s 2.0-liter turbo-diesel that churns out 190 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. As a result, we expect it to offer some of the best fuel economy figures in this hotly contested segment. There will be both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive versions to choose between.
2018 Kia Pickup Release Date
Although we’re still awaiting its official release date, the 2018 Kia Pickup is rumored to go on sale in late 2017.