For a long time, we’ve been hearing rumors about Kia’s pickup. It looks like something is finally happening, considering that many sources suggest the arrival of such a vehicle in the near future. At this point, the officials are still quiet, so you should take the following paragraphs with a reserve. In any case, the 2022 Kia Pickup Truck looks more likely than ever.
At this point, we don’t know too many details about the possible new model. While Hyundai works on the new Santa Cruz pickup, we still believe that Kia’s unit will probably be slightly different. We believe it could come bigger and more upscale. Still, one thing is certain, both models will ride on a unibody platform.
When it comes to the possible release date, we count to see the new model already in the next year.
2022 Kia Pickup Truck Platform
When it comes to base design characteristics, the first thing that comes to mind is the platform. As we’ve just mentioned, we will see a unibody layout. This isn’t a typical design approach in the world of pickups, but we can already see models like Honda Ridgeline with such a layout. The benefits of such a design are numerous, especially when it comes to ride quality. On the other side, such models are usually less capable than their BoF counterparts.
When it comes to the exterior design, we can hear all kinds of rumors but most of them suggest that the new 2022 Kia Pickup Truck could come heavily based on the Telluride. The three-row SUV has been around for a while and it’s praised by critics a lot. So, the pickup iteration would probably be a good move. This would mean that the Ridgeline would finally get a rival. Also, this means a notably bigger size compared to the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Styling-wise, we presume that the new truck would stick to Telluride’s design language. The front part of the vehicle would be pretty much identical. On the other side, the third row of seats and cargo area would be replaced with a decently-sized cargo bed.
On the inside, we presume that the 2022 Kia Pickup Truck would feature the same or very similar dashboard design as the Telluride. That would be great, considering that the new crossover features a pretty amazing interior design. Still, things could be slightly toned down in this case, in order to make the truck more affordable. This would mean slightly lower quality of materials, fewer tech goodies and similar things.
When it comes to seating capacity, we presume that the crew cab would be the only cab style on the offer.
2022 Kia Pickup Truck Engines
If we take that the new 2022 Kia Pickup Truck will be based on the Telluride, we presume it would use the same engine as well. Of course, we are talking about a familiar 3.8-liter V6, which puts out around 290 horsepower, which is more than enough to move this truck confidently. Also, the engine comes in pair with a well-working 8-speed automatic transmission.
Some believe that the Korean manufacturer could offer a smaller engine for base versions. This makes perfect sense, considering that this would lower the starting price significantly. Of course, the engine that comes to mind is a familiar 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 190 horsepower.
2022 Kia Pickup Truck Release Date and Price
We presume that the 2022 Kia Pickup Truck could come already in the next year. Also, we expect that the base price will definitely go under 30.000 dollars. Still, make sure to take the previous paragraphs with a reserve, considering that the officials are still quiet about this model.