During Kia ’s investor day held a few weeks ago, the South Korean carmaker also announced something that could be more interesting than the EV9, if happens, an electric pickup truck. Now we have more details like its codename (to be “TK”) and our colleagueas at Shortcars tried to show how it could look.
Kia’s president Mr. Ho-sung Song announced plans to produce specialized electric vehicles in four major markets to expand electric vehicle volume.
Apart from the EV9, that will be built ad Hwaseong plant, a mid-size electric vehicle models will be introduced in China from next year while an entry and mid-size electric vehicle models will be produced in India from 2025.
And then, they also announced two pickups, that will use an electric vehicle-only platform and an internal combustion engine-based architecture, respectively. It is expected that the former will be developed for the North American market and the latter will be developed for the emerging market and use a market-tailored strategy.
This is not the first time we heard about Kia could launch a pickup, many years ago Kia released (in 2004) the KCV-4 or Mojave pickup concept that never reached production. Instead, Kia launched a ladder-frame chassis based SUV, the Borrego/Mohave (depending on the market) that passed almost unnoticed.
More recently, some rumors said that Kia planned to launch UTE vehicles in Australia but these plans were also discarded. Despite we are still far from seeing something real that confirms this project, we will keep an eye on it to tell you more as soon as we have any new info.