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After Kia has appeared on dozens of front-end designs for over a decade, Kia's signature Tiger Nose grille is preparing to join the Army. The South Korean company introduced a near-production concept called the Light Tactical Cargo Truck (LTCT), which previewed the next off-roader it will manufacture for the global military vehicle market.
Kia presented the LTCT at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in 2021. The design study inevitably resembles the AM General Humvee and the Toyota BXD10, but the grille makes it instantly recognizable as a Kia. However, it carries the old company logo rather than the new emblem that was revealed in 2021.
Four passengers can ride in the LTCT's air-conditioned cabin, while the rear-mounted box can hold 10 fully armed soldiers and up to 6,600 pounds of cargo. Photos of the interior were not published.
Although the LTCT's bare chassis was on display during the convention, Kia has not yet released full technical specifications. We know the power comes from a 225 horsepower turbodiesel engine that turns the four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, a two-speed transfer case, and portal axles. The 6,400-pound giant has a top speed of 80 mph, about 16 inches of ground clearance, and can travel through up to 30 inches of water. It is designed to work between -25 and 109 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kia pointed out that it has been building light tactical vehicles for the South Korean army since 2016. Offering a model that is more stylish and user-friendly is expected to increase demand, although it was not known when LTCT production would begin. The platform is modular enough to produce short and long wheelbase variants, armored and unarmoured versions, and a variety of body styles, including mobile workshops, multi-purpose vehicles and communication hubs. Interestingly, vehicles have also been actively developed for customers with eclectic tastes, which apparently opens the door to the various civilian versions that the company alluded to in late 2020.
At the other end of the Tiger Nose spectrum, Kia unveiled an upscale sedan called the K8 in its home country of South Korea in early 2021. She carries the largest rendition of the styling catchphrase we've seen yet.
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