South Korean car maker Kia has unveiled a Hummer rival.
The military vehicle was shown at the 2021 International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubbed the Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck, the concept has been developed in collaboration with South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration.
The multi-purpose vehicle is powered by a 168kW diesel engine, with power sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Light Tactical Cargo Truck also features an independent suspension set-up, a limited-slip differential, run-flat tyres and an electro-magnetic interference system.
There’s also air conditioning to ensure the troops keep their cool.
The Kia LTCT’s modular chassis design allows for multiple configurations, depending on requirements.
Offered in either standard or long wheelbase lengths, and either with or without armour, the LTCT can be configured for multiple uses including tactical command, reconnaissance, weapon instalment, target observation and troop support.
In standard short wheelbase trim, the LTCT can carry four personnel.
The unarmoured long wheelbase variant can be tailored to serve as a cargo carrier, a mobile workshop or a communications centre. Alternatively, it can carry up to 10 fully armed troops and three tonnes of cargo in the rear compartment.
Kia expects the LTCT’s visual appeal, thanks to its bold angular design, will generate demand for its military vehicles. Kia has been supplying military vehicles to the South Korean army since 2016.
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