2026 Kia Electric Ute Confirmed

2026 Kia Electric Ute  – Kia has announced that it will launch two electric vehicles as part of its wider zero-emission lineup. There are currently 14 models of battery-electric vehicles planned for 2027. Kia states that one of the electric utes will be an entry-level model and the other will be a dedicated electric pick-up truck, as well as a strategic model for emerging market markets. Expect high-performance versions of these utes and GT variants for all models in the brand’s battery-electric range.

2026 Kia Electric Ute Specs
2026 Kia Electric Ute Specs

2026 Kia Electric Ute Review

The carmaker has not provided any details, but it is possible that at least one model will be a full-size pickup truck, which would allow it to compete with the likes of the battery-powered Ford F-150 Lightning or Chevrolet Silverado EV.

2026 Kia Electric Ute
2026 Kia Electric Ute

Kia’s Telluride SUV has been compared to American stalwarts such as the Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition, which shows that it is not afraid to enter an established segment. “The US pick-up market is very loyal to established brands. There are new opportunities. Maybe there’s room for another brand.”

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Kia may also be considering an electric version of Hyundai Santa Cruz, a compact, soft-roader that will compete with the Ford Maverick and Ram 700 in the Americas, as well as the Honda Ridgeline in emerging markets. According to the company, it will start manufacturing mid-size SUVs and electric pick-ups in the US starting in 2024. Small and medium-sized EVs for Europe will be available in 2025.

2026 Kia Electric Ute Review
2026 Kia Electric Ute Review

The Kia Australia arm has not made any secret of the fact it is pushing for a ute. Previous reports suggested that the Korean head office had begun work on such vehicles. These two electric utes form part of 14 new EVs that will be launched by 2027. This also includes 11 models previously announced. This news comes just days after Hyundai Motor Group, Kia’s parent company, announced plans to offer 17 new electric vehicles under the Genesis and Hyundai brands by 2030.