2018 Kia Pickup Re-badged Hyundai Santa Cruz

Kia Motors Corporation has announced the possibility offer pickup models. 2018 Kia Pickup could occur already in 2017. As reported, Kia has long been monitoring events in the pickup truck segment. The company considers that the offer of this model was an excellent decision. Also, the company is convinced that the 2018 Kia Pickup be a very successful model.

According to previous information, Kia will offer a re-badge mildly made-over Hyundai Santa Cruz. It will be Kia’s interpretation of lifestyle-oriented pickup. Rumors about the expansion of Kia’s lineup, with new pickup model, were intensified when Hyundai confirmed the mass production of its Santa Cruz pickup models.

Kia KCV4 Mojave pickup truck concept

The news about the 2018 Kia Pickup model is not new. Namely Kia Motors Corporation is already developing a study of such a model. 2004, Kia unveiled Kia KCV-4 Mojave concept pickup. This concept is not entered into production. Aforementioned concept irresistibly reminiscent of the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup. This is yet another indicator that the Kia company has serious plans in the pickup segment.

2018 Kia Pickup Specs and Design

Hyundai Santa Cruz is set on the basis of a new Tucson crossover. Similarly it is expected that future Kia Pickup truck is based on the Kia Sportage model. Previous studies of the company, KCV-4 Mojave had a wheelbase of 130 inches which is 4 inches longer than the Nissan Frontier pickup. The Mojave was featured and fully boxed ladder frame with nine crossmembers, an independent control arm front suspension with coil-over shocks and a five-link rigid rear axle with coil springs and level control. The concept possessed the same system of door opening, adjustable rear beds well as the Santa Cruz. The Mojave is represented by a 3.8-liter 24-Valve V6 engine with 280 horsepower, in combination with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Kia Pickup

This concept was a really serious project. However, the implementation of the project and serial production did not take place. The main reason is the lack of manufacturing capacity for such a project. Now, after more than ten years, Kia is prepared to offer such a model. It is expected that the 2018 Kia Pickup obtain different powertrains, the newer generation, compared to the Mojave concept.

2018 Kia Pickup Release Date

Production 2018 Kia Pickup should begin during 2016. It is expected that at the beginning of 2017, the vehicle will be presented until the beginning of the sales expected in mid-2017.

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