Kia is gearing up to introduce its new body-on-frame (ladder frame) pickup truck, the Tasman the mass production of which is expected to begin in February 2025.
This will be the South Korean automaker’s first move to tap the ladder frame pickup truck market with a Hyundai-branded sibling likely to follow suit. Expected to be manufactured at an annual volume of 120,000 to 130,000 units, the Kia Tasman pickup truck will not only be sold domestically within South Korea but will also be introduced in major overseas markets like North America, Europe, and Australia.
Camouflaged test mules of Kia Tasman
While only camouflaged test mules have appeared testing so far, artists have already started running their creative engines to come up with speculative renderings that give us a good idea of how the Tasman will look like. In this case, NYMammoth has done a brilliant job in imagining the 2025 Kia Tasman.
The Tasman is anticipated to embody Kia’s latest design language, such as the ‘Opposites United’ and ‘Star Map Signature Lighting’ looks, akin to the designs seen in EV9 and EV5 models. Kia plans to unveil various iterations including 4×2 and 4×4 as well as single & double-cab configurations equipped with both petrol & diesel engine options.
Kia Tasman rendering process
The diesel double-cab variant is estimated to have a cargo capacity of approximately 1,000kg and a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg. The Kia Tasman is expected to include off-road and rugged driving assistance systems, including a four-wheel-drive system, differential gear locks, and multiple terrain modes.
The powertrain is anticipated to combine a 2.2L four-cylinder turbodiesel and a 3.0L V6 diesel engine, previously featured in the Mohave, with a four-wheel-drive system. Additionally, there are considerations to incorporate the 3.3L V6 gasoline twin-turbo engine, previously deployed in the Stinger. Kia also plans to introduce an electric version of the Tasman in the future.
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