After bolstering its portfolio with lots of SUVs, saloons, and hatchbacks, Kia is preparing to enter the lucrative full-size pickup segment. Unlike the company's Bongo over-cab pickup, this new model has global aspirations. Ahead of its reveal, a heavily camouflaged prototype has been filmed up close.

Spotted in an underground car park in South Korea, Kia's workhorse had a double cab body style hiding beneath all that disguise. Judging by the cutouts in the camo, it appeared to have a Telluride-esque front fascia with vertical headlights flanking a wide grille. However, the two are unlikely to share the platform since the ute is expected to adopt a ladder frame chassis whereas the full-size SUV has a unibody construction.

Believed to be called the Kia Tasman, the pickup sat on 17-inch wheels with Kumho Crugen 265/65 R17 tyres. It's believed to be closer in size to the Ford Ranger rather than the compact Maverick, although it's frankly hard to tell judging by this spy video. We do get a peek inside where you can tell it's just a prototype judging by the cheap looking plasticky door panels.

There is something interesting going on next to the gear lever. We see switches for 2H, 4H, 4L modes. That means this prototype has selectable two-wheel drive and a low-range four-wheel drive for when the going gets tough.

Australian magazine Car Sales reports a four-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel will deliver power to the wheels through either automatic or manual transmissions. Aside from this four-door version, the Kia Tasman is allegedly going to be offered as a single cab and even as a chassis cab for commercial purposes. Further down the line, a purely electric setup is said to hit the market.

The Tasman (codenamed "TK") is going to be built at home in Korea and could be officially announced as early as this March. The design is said to be revealed in the fourth quarter of 2024 ahead of next year's market launch. A bigger electric Kia truck made in North America is rumoured to arrive before the end of the decade.