By Drew Johnson
Monday, Mar 17th, 2008 @ 4:14 pm
 
Kia has given a unibody pickup truck bound for the U.S. the green light, a new report finds. A Kia truck has been in the works for some time now, and it appears as though the new truck will now begin production around 2011.

According to Automotive News, the new truck will be based on the 2010 Kia Sorento and will be produced at the company's new plant in West Point, Georgia. The current Sorento is based on a typical body-on-frame truck platform, but the all-new Sorento, as well as the upcoming Kia pickup truck, will be based on a more car-like unibody platform.

The yet-to-be-named pickup truck will be powered by a V6 driving the front wheels, although all-wheel drive will likely be optional.

Kia dealers were tipped off to the fact that Kia was strongly considering a pickup truck during dealer meetings held last February. At the meetings, Kia Motors America CEO Ahn Byung-Mo reported brought up the possibility and even had a Honda Ridgeline on hand for demonstration purposes.