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New Kia ute 2022 looks the business in renders: Sorento-styled Toyota HiLux rival shines as we countdown to Korean pick-up's launch

A Sorento-styled pick-up would turn heads. (image credit: SRK Designs)

A the clock counts down to the official reveal of Kia's now-confirmed ute, new renders continue to appears to whet our appetites for just what to expect from the Korean brand's Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger rival. 

Today's renders, the work of SRK Designs, use the Kia Sorento as a base vehicle, but then toughen-up the family-focused SUV with some sharp body lines, blacked-out side steps and wheel arches. 

It sill looks car based, rather than the ladder-frame ute we've been promised, but the deign of the Sorento is a strong starting point, and the finished product looks the goods.

Sadly, this is a ute imagined by a designer, rather than anything official from Kia, but the clock is now counting down to the ute's legitimate unveiling. Both Kia and Hyundai have confirmed they will have a dual-cab ute in in Australia as early as 2022, and work on the vehicle has officially begun, which means the first spy pics are surely getting closer. 

"Work has begun,” Kia's COO, Damien Meredith, confirmed to CarsGuide at the international launch of the Seltos in Korea. “We’re talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab - what we’ve requested is the full gamut for the ute, and that (includes) a dual-cab with diesel and petrol options.

For its part, Hyundai has also confirmed it is expecting to have a true Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger rival in Australia by 2023, which would give the brand its first entrant into one of the country's biggest segments.

"The sooner the better," Hyundai Australia's former boss, JW Lee, has told CarsGuide. "All the time I’m crying and praying whenever I have the chance to bring this issue to headquarters, so the sooner the better.

"(But) 2023 is our target year. It depends on production and the plant. I think the candidate plant is still under study, where we’re going to produce those vehicles is yet to be decided."