Hyundai ute no closer

Korean brand’s first dual-cab 4×4 ute rival for Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux still a while away

Hyundai has watered down speculation that it will release a dual-cab 4×4 ute in the immediate future.

In a briefing with journalists on Tuesday, Hyundai Australia chief operating officer John Kett said that while he would indeed like to add a ute to the local range, talks with head office have not progressed beyond an initial expression of interest.

That is despite persistent speculation that both Hyundai and sister company Kia are developing their first direct rival for the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.

While image renderers have been kept busy by the speculation, Kett said a tray-back production model was not in the immediate pipeline.

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