Kia develops a frame SUV to challenge Land CruiserSeptember 13, 2020
Full-size Kia all-terrain vehicle to target Australian customers
Concern Kia-Hyundai is working on a new frame SUV that will challenge the Toyota Land Cruider. The upcoming Kia all-terrain vehicle will feature Telluride-style crossover looks, a new ladder frame, an all-wheel drive transmission with a downshift and mechanical differential locks.
Speaking to local Motoring, Kia Australia’s marketing manager Roland Rivero admitted that while the Korean firm already has large crossovers such as the Sorento and Telluride in its lineup, none of these vehicles offer the family’s traction and off-road characteristics. Toyota Land Cruiser.
The specialist stressed that “it would be nice to expand the Kia model line with an SUV with a ladder frame,” but avoided details.
According to insiders, the future Kia all-terrain vehicle will feature solid ground clearance, a transfer case and mechanical differential locks, and will also be able to tow a trailer weighing at least 3,000 kilograms. Probably, the frame-wheel drive Kia will be the successor to the Mohave, a model that has been produced without a technical upgrade since 2008.
There is no doubt that the upcoming Kia SUV will be equipped with a new 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel with 278 horsepower and 588 Nm of torque. The power unit, which debuted on the Genesis GV80 crossover, is more powerful, high-torque and environmentally friendly than the 2.8-liter Toyota 1GD-FTV turbodiesel.
Since the Kia Mohave only went through a second facelift last year, there won’t be a successor to the SUV in the next two years. According to Australian journalists, the new frame-wheel drive Kia will appear in 2023, and the key markets for the model will be Australia, the Middle East.
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