Kia Australia to Introduce Its First-Ever Ute with Familiar Turbo-Diesel Engine in 2025

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Kia Australia is set to make a bold entry into the ute market with its first-ever model, featuring a well-known turbo-diesel engine. Confirming to GoAuto, Kia has revealed that this new ute will be powered by a reworked version of the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine currently used in the Kia Sorento and Carnival models. This engine choice ensures reliability and performance, leveraging a powertrain that many Australians are already familiar with.

Familiar Engine, Reliable Performance

The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine in its current form produces 148kW and 440Nm, which is slightly less than the power output of popular utes like the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok, both of which utilize a 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine delivering 154kW and 500Nm. Despite this, Kia is confident that their reworked engine will meet the demands of the ute market.

Commitment to Electrification

Kia Australia’s general manager of product planning, Roland Rivero, confirmed that the new ute will not feature an all-new engine or a six-cylinder option. Instead, the focus will be on leveraging existing technology as the brand shifts towards electrification. "The brand is heading towards electrification. That’s the horse that’s been backed by our brand in totality," Rivero stated, indicating that there will be no further investment in new diesel powertrains.

This strategic move aligns with Kia's broader commitment to reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable transportation solutions. As Kia continues to develop its electric vehicle lineup, the introduction of the new ute with a familiar engine underscores the brand's transitional strategy in the Australian market.

What to Expect

While the specifics of the reworked 2.2-litre engine’s performance in the new ute are yet to be detailed, customers can anticipate a robust and reliable powertrain that has already proven its worth in the Sorento and Carnival. The new ute, tentatively named the Tasman, will cater to a market segment that values both performance and familiarity, offering a reliable option for both work and recreational purposes.

Tynan Motors: Your Destination for Kia’s Latest Models

For those excited about Kia's upcoming ute and other new releases, Tynan Motors is your go-to dealership. Known for their exceptional customer service and comprehensive selection of Kia vehicles, Tynan Motors will be among the first to offer Kia's new ute when it arrives in 2025. Their knowledgeable team is ready to help you explore the latest Kia models and find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs.

Stay tuned for more updates on Kia’s first-ever ute and visit Tynan Motors to experience the best of what Kia has to offer. With a commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, Tynan Motors ensures you’ll drive away with a vehicle that meets all your expectations.

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