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New Kia ute render surfaces: Stinger-based pick-up would put the frighteners on the Toyota GR HiLux

New Kia ute render surfaces. (image credit: Sugar Design)

Another week, another design study into just what Kia's incoming ute could look alike, this time as a Stinger-based super ute that would put a scare through a GR-badged Toyota HiLux. 

This Stinger ute was cooked up by Sugar Design, and it's a single-cab beastie it has named the "Sports Truck".

Sadly, there's nothing official about this picture, but we can dream, right? Because a Stinger-based truck would mean a thumping twin-turbo V6 that pushes out 272kW and 510Nm. And that's in the Stinger's current guise, with International reports suggesting Kia's performance vehicle could be in line for even more grunt, courtesy of a bigger 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 that could up the numbers to 279kW and 530Nm.

That said, a Stinger-based truck is hugely unlikely. Both Kia and Hyundai will have a dual-cab ute in Australia as early as 2022, and work on the vehicle has officially begun, but it will be a proper workhorse, rather than a perfromance-focused beastie. 

"Work has begun,” says Kia's COO Damien Meredith. “We’re talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab – what we’ve requested is the full gambit for the ute, and that (includes) a dual-cab with diesel and petrol options."