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"We'd love to spawn a Ford Everest competitor": 2025 Kia Tasman ute could deliver Toyota LandCruiser Prado-fighting ladder-frame SUV

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Could the 2025 Kia Tasman ute spawn an SUV? (Image: NYMammoth)
Could the 2025 Kia Tasman ute spawn an SUV? (Image: NYMammoth)

The incoming Kia Tasman could find itself fighting more than just the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max, with the brand in Australia putting its hand up for a ladder-frame SUV version to battle the Ford Everest and LandCruiser Prado.

That's the word from Kia in Australia, who says it would "love" a ladder-frame SUV with real off-road credentials, and will be "negotiating hard" to get one.

"We'd love one. But with Mohave already developed, and I know Mohave is a fairly old product now, but at this point in time globally you need a strong global case, not just an Australian business case," says Roland Rivero, General Manager of Product Planning at Kia Australia.

"So we'd love to spawn a ladder-frame SUV, like an Everest competitor, out of that same (Tasman) platform. And theoretically you could, but it is something that we still have to negotiate hard with headquarters."

Surely helping those negotiations is the fact new reports point to production of the Mohave/Borrego – a US and Korean body-on-frame SUV that received a mostly lukewarm welcome – finally being axed, with its South Korean production line to be handed over to the Tasman.

That sounds, to us at least, like a strong case for replacement. The other determining factor, says Kia, will be international support for the model.

"What we need for it to happen is other markets, major markets that source Tasman, to also want to have a ladder frame SUV," Mr Rivero says.

"We're hoping that South Africa or the Middle East would be keen on it, but at the end of the day we need all of the stars to align for something like to happen."

Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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