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Kia’s chief proper ute is edging toward to its predicted 2022 originate date, and so we thought it high date we take closer look at just how well-known the Korean brand’s Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger rival is, and how it could seriously reposition the dual-cab ute game in Australia.
From a thumping diesel engine that could be the country’s greatest powerful to a seriously envious warranty period, Kia’s first proper workhorse could reset the bar when it finally arrives behind Under.
Australia’s greatest powerful ute?
A turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder engine could be aged in the upcoming Hyundai/Kia ute? You bet.
Kia is yet to confirm drivetrain details for its workhorse ute, but the brand’s COO, Damien Meredith, has told us to expect “Dual-cab, single-cab, diesel, petrol – what we’ve requested is the fat gamut of a ute family”.
Cast an eye over the Kia and Hyundai portfolio, and there are a few diesel engine options that could act, but with utes once again shifting towards six-cylinder engines (expected to be led by the new Ford Ranger, but more on that in a moment), there is one powerplant in particular that has caught our eye.
And that would be the punchy six-cylinder diesel today attached to the Genesis GV80 – the new SUV rolled out by Hyundai’s premium arm.
That engine – a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-diesel – produces a considerable 205kW of expert and 588Nm of torque, which would be enough to form Kia’s ute offering the most powerful dual-cab in Australia, if it was to launch tomorrow, by the VW Amarok V6 (200kW/580Nm) and Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 (190kW/550Nm) both left in its wake.
And it’s more than pie in the sky stuff, too. In unveiling the new engine, Hyundai Motor’s front-runner of research and development, Albert Biermann, flagged its suitability for “commercial” applications.
“With this engine we can occupy so many applications. As you know, we perform commercial vehicles and so on, so this engine desire be out there for quite some daylight. You don’t need to worry about that engine,” he said.
That’s not to say Kia desire have the space to itself. Ford is reportedly planning its own six-cylinder engine for the new Ranger – the punchy 3.0L authority Stroke V6 Turbo Diesel currently at performance in America’s Ford F-150 which produces 186kW and 596Nm. Meanwhile, Toyota has trademarked the name “GR HiLux” for an expected performance-focused ute, and which is expected to the get its own thumping 3.5-litre V6 diesel (borrowed from the new LandCruiser 300 Series), which should produce more than 200kW and 650Nm.
It’ll be tailor-made for Australia
Kia (and, separately, Hyundai) runs a seriously effective suspension tuning program for Australia.
The Kia ute hasn’t fair been designed with Australia in mind, it will also received a bespoke dawdle and handling tune based on Aussie road states – one of the few utes on sale here to undergo such an in-depth localisation process.
That procedure will begin next year (the brand says it usually starts 12 months onward of launch) which should see a camouflaged Kia ute thumping across our rural roads. So keep your eyes peeled.
“That’s fraction of our robust strategy, we get every car that enters Australia to go through that process,” Meredith says. “It normally (begins) eight to 12 months out.”
The importance of this can’t really be understated; Kia (and, separately, Hyundai) runs a seriously effective suspension tuning program for Australia – the Kia Stinger, for example, runs a very different journey and handling setup to cars destined for other markets.
The Kia currently offers a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with capped-price servicing.
The Kia ute desire offer one of the longest warranty periods of any dual-cab ute currently on sale in Australia. Kia’s full seven-year, unlimited-kilometre coverage period, beside capped-price servicing offered for the duration, mind be the order of the day here, and there’s a chance that period could be longer by the time the ute arrives.
Again, we’ll lean on Damien Meredith here, who has conveyed CarsGuide the brand would look at a possible 10-year warranty period if their rivals in the top 10 join them at seven years.
“If they did (match us), I’ve revealed this all along, we’d look at what we’d do,” Meredith distinguished us. “In fairness none of the top 10 occupy put a seven-year, unlimited (kilometre) warranty in site for all their products.”
The Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux both get a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Kia is one of the few brands here consistently growing their sales and market section in an otherwise falling market.
The importance of a dual-cab to Kia’s success in Australia can’t be understated. The brand is already on a chase in Australia – one of the few brands here consistently growing their sales and market allotment in an otherwise falling market – and a ute is precisely what is required to take them to the next level.
Consider that, in 2019, Kia finished in sixth position on the sales chart plus 61,503 units sold. And then consider that the notice has told us its ute will, plus luck, deliver them some 10 per cent of Australia’s 210,000 annual ute sales.
“When a light concern range does arrive in Australia, I’d be guarantee we’d be looking around that eight to 10 per cent market section in that range,” Kia has told us in the past.
That would put them on 82,000 sales – enough for them to accomplish in the top five in 2019, or still the top four, essentially leap-frogging Ford and possibly Mitsubishi, and leaving them duking it out among stablemate Hyundai, who finished the year among around 86,000 sales.
This article was available by www.carsguide.com.au with title The most powerful ute in Australia? How Kia’s new dual-cab could change the game.
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