Hence, it is likely to be mechanically related to the proposed Hyundai ute, as opposed to sharing its platform with existing models, which are often co-developed products between rival carmakers.
Notable examples of this are the Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger, the Isuzu D-Max and Holden Colorado, or the Nissan Navara, Renault Alaskan and Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
However, Mr Meredith was unsure if alternative configurations, like a cab-chassis, will be provided, but said “it would nice to do the whole spectrum”.
Speaking to journalists at a media event in Brisbane this week, KMAu chief operating officer Damien Meredith guaranteed the ute will offer “Kia quality with (an) Australian set-up”.
While official details remain under wraps until KMAu receives final approval for the ute program, Mr Meredith indicated the vehicle will face off against the sales-leading Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, which are most popular in dual-cab 4×4 form.