Does Kia Make a Truck?
A popular question asked by Jackson area Kia fans is, “Does Kia make a truck?” Currently, Kia doesn’t offer a truck in the U.S. The Kia Bongo is a popular cabover pickup truck sold in South Korea, Indonesia, and Australia, though. There have been rumors of a Kia truck for American buyers, and concept trucks have been designed and displayed at events like Chicago Auto Show, but never went into production.. However, it’s possible that a truck could eventually be added to the new Kia lineup. Learn more about Kia truck concepts, as well as the Kia Bongo, in this guide from Wilson Kia.
Kia has been considered producing a truck for years. The Kia Mohave concept truck which was displayed at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show is a case in point. The Kia Mohave was set to begin production more than once, but was held back. Currently, there are rumors that it may be arriving as a 2019 or 2020 vehicle, but there are also sources that suggest it will be put on hold again. Here’s a quick look at what the Kia Mohave might offer should it ever reach the marketplace:
- 3.0L V6 engine
- 5-speed automatic transmission
- Choice between two- and four-wheel drive
- LED headlights
- Leather upholstery
The Kia Soulster was shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. Although it’s unlikely to ever enter production, it’s still a unique piece of Kia history.Car and Driver called it a “trucklet,” as it resembles the Kia Soul from the front, but features an open truck-like bed in the back. When speculation was still circulating about the Kia Soulster’s eventual production, Kia alluded to wanting to reinvent the popular compact pickup truck segment from the 80s and 90s. That may very well be the plan, but it probably won’t begin with the Kia Soulster.
The Kia Bongo has been in production since 1980, and is currently assembled in South Korea, Indonesia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Algeria. It’s a light commercial vehicle offered with standard, super, and double cabins. Depending on the configuration, it is powered by either a 130-hp 2.5L turbo, 80-hp 2.7L, or 85-hp 3.0L engine. These engines are paired with a 6-speed transmission and offer more efficient Euro IV standards. Other names for the Kia Bongo include the Kia K-Series, Kia Frontier, and Kia Kaon.
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To sum up: Does Kia have a truck? Yes, but it’s currently not available to U.S. markets, although there may be one in the future. Have more questions about Kia? Wilson Kia is your reliable source for information on which Kia vehicles offer all-wheel drive, Kia maintenance schedules, and more. Explore our new Kia inventory, and contact us to schedule a test drive near Brandon and Ridgeland today!
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