Kia and Hyundai to go ape on utes?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Aug 2019

Kia and Hyundai are hard at work on their respective utes, to be revealed within the next twelve months or so. In the meantime, Kia Motors Australia COO, Damien Meredith, has been talking to the media about what may or may not be in the works.

He said that both Kia and Hyundai are looking into single- and dual-cab configurations with diesel and petrol powertrains. Hyundai Oz wants even more, asking headquarters for cab-chassis and extra-cab variants as well.

As for towing capacity, Meredith said that it will be competitive in the Australian market, although he wouldn’t be drawn on specifics. Both Kia and Hyundai’s ute will be specifically tested in Australia, which means they should perform pretty well here, in the dry spots at any rate.

We’re still in rumour mode though, as neither Kia nor Hyundai have officially confirmed a ute. Both brands have stipulated that the project would need to be “international” to get the green light, meaning ute-loving countries like South Africa as well as Australia and New Zealand need to put their hands up to convince the top brass it’s worth developing.

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