Kia Tasman pickup truck revealed in artistic camouflage

 Kia's first pickup truck, called Tasman, was just revealed in an art class.

Images of KIA's first pickup model called Tasman have been revealed by the manufacturer. The vehicle is expected to be launched in 2025 and sold in many regions around the world, but Southeast Asia is not on the list. this book.

KIA has just released official teaser images of its first pickup model called Tasman, named after Tasmanian - Australia's southernmost island. In addition, this car model was also developed in collaboration with famous artist from Australia and New Zealand - Richard Boyd-Dunlop - with the exterior body covered in colorful camouflage.

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The Korean manufacturer also confirmed that the KIA Tasman model is expected to launch in 2025, participating in the C-class pickup segment and sold in many key markets such as Korea, Australia, Africa and the Middle East; However, the Southeast Asia region is not mentioned here, where the Thai market is very popular with mid-size pickup trucks .

There are currently no technical details announced, but KIA currently owns many platforms for use in a pickup truck model, especially the 2.2L turbocharged diesel engine, which has been upgraded. Very widely used on Sorento and Carnival models, giving a maximum capacity of 202 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm.

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In addition, KIA also owns an externally charged Hybrid drive system (PHEV), combining a 1.6L turbocharged engine with an electric motor, giving a total maximum capacity of 264 horsepower, along with the ability to operate purely electric with a distance of 51 km thanks to the battery pack with a capacity of 13.8 kWh.

With the Tasman model, it seems that KIA wants to develop the market globally instead of encapsulating the competition mainly in North America like Hyundai Santa Cruz. However, unfortunately this model does not appear in Vietnam, where the competition in the pickup truck segment is very boring with the Ford Ranger completely dominating.

Some dealers have started reducing the price of Kia Sorento Hybrid cars with VIN 2022 and 2023 up to 120 million VND.

High selling prices cause flat sales, many Kia Vietnam dealers are offering huge discounts of up to 120 million VND to clear inventory of Kia Sorento HEV Premium VIN 2022 and Sorento PHEV VIN 2023. Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV is considered a car line strategy of the Korean car company, marking the first step in the process of electrifying products in the Vietnamese market. However, sales of Kia Vietnam's first Hybrid models were not as expected.

According to VAMA's March 2024 sales report, Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV only sold 7 cars. If calculating the combined sales of the first 3 months of the year, Kia's 2 Hybrid SUV models only sold 10 units, reaching the TOP of the "single" car models in Vietnam.

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With flat sales, it is not difficult to understand that Kia Vietnam dealers still have a large inventory of Kia Sorento HEV VIN 2022 and Sorento HEV VIN 2023 cars. In recent days, many Kia Vietnam dealers have continuously launched promotions. Discount program up to 120 million VND, applies to Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV. If compared to the listed price at the time of launch at the end of 2022, Kia Sorento HEV VIN 2022 has a reduction of 370–410 million VND, while Kia Sorento PHEV VIN 2023 has the same reduction of 260 million VND for both versions. .

Similar to the traditional engine version, Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV are both developed on the completely new N3 chassis platform, which is applied on many famous models of Hyundai and Kia. This is the latest platform that balances many factors from an enjoyable driving experience, the ability to protect passenger safety, while still optimizing interior space and improving fuel consumption.

The overall size of the Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV is no different from the traditional engine version. The parameters length x width x height are 4,810 x 1,900 x 1,700 (mm), respectively. Wheelbase 2,815 mm and minimum turning radius of 5.78 meters.

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Both Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV versions are equipped with a 1.6L T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine for maximum capacity of 178 horsepower and maximum torque of 265 Nm. Comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline engine on the Kia Sorento HEV will be combined with an electric motor with a capacity of 60 horsepower and 264 Nm of torque, accompanied by a Lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 1.49 kWh.

Meanwhile, the Sorento PHEV is equipped with a more powerful electric motor with a capacity of 90 horsepower and 304 Nm of torque, comes with a larger Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 13.8 kWh and can be externally charged. With the combination of an electric gasoline engine, Kia Sorento HEV has maximum power and torque of 227 horsepower and 350 Nm, respectively. While the Kia Sorento PHEV has similar parameters of 261 horsepower and 350 Nm respectively.

Of the 4 versions, only Kia Sorento HEV Premium is equipped with front-wheel drive, while the remaining 3 versions are equipped with AWD full-time 4-wheel drive system. active, in addition to being equipped with 3 driving modes Eco/Sport/Smart, the 3 AWD versions also have 3 terrain modes Snow/Mud/Sand. In particular, the Sorento PHEV version can convert to EV or HEV pure electric mode, thereby being able to travel pure electric distances of up to 71 km.

In addition to Hybrid technology, Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV is also equipped with a full set of ADAS active safety assistance technology including: Panoramic monitoring (SVM), Blind spot display on the multi-information screen (BVM), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Control Smart cruise (SCC).

In particular, the Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV is also enhanced with advanced driving assistance technology with the new feature Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Warning & Assist with integrated rear collision avoidance (BCA). With a discount of up to 120 million VND, this is a pretty good opportunity for customers looking for powerful SUVs that are suitable for the whole family but save fuel, reduce emissions and are environmentally friendly.

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