IDEX 2021: Kia unveils new 4×4 vehicle concepts

<p>South Korea’s Kia Corporation unveiled two light tactical defence vehicle concepts at the International Defence Exhibition &amp; Conference (IDEX) 2021 held in Abu Dhabi from 21–25 February.</p>
<div class=”container”> <img src=”[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]8c3d34ed-cdbd-46ac-aed4-9b649c582116?sfvrsn=da807257_2″ alt=”Kia showcased two light tactical defence vehicle concepts at IDEX 2021, including the Light Tactical Cargo Truck (seen here). (Kia Corporation)”> <p class=”text-body text-sm-center text-muted small”>Kia showcased two light tactical defence vehicle concepts at IDEX 2021, including the Light Tactical Cargo Truck (seen here). (Kia Corporation)</p></div>
<p>The company said in a statement that both the ‘Light Tactical Cargo Truck’ and ‘Bare Chassis’ concepts displayed at the event are based on a 4×4 modular platforms and can be used as mobile workshops, communication hubs, or to carry troops or cargo.</p>
<p>Developed by Kia in close co-operation with South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the concepts feature independent suspension systems as well as run-flat tyres to ensure “enhanced usability in harsh environments”, said the company.</p>
<p>Referring to the Light Tactical Cargo Truck, Kia said that the four-seat vehicle, which also comes in an armoured version, has been equipped with a cargo box for transporting troops and/or equipment. </p>
<p>The modular chassis has enabled the company to offer both a standard and long wheelbase variant of the vehicle, with the unarmoured long wheelbase design featuring a superstructure that can be tailored to support different structures such as a cargo box, a mobile workshop, or a communications centre. </p>
<p>The vehicle, which is powered by a 225 hp Euro 5 diesel engine and features an 8-speed automatic transmission, can also carry 10 fully equipped soldiers and up to three tonnes of cargo in its rear compartment.</p>
<p>The company said that the truck, which also features air conditioning, a limited slip differential, and an electromagnetic interference system, “has been optimised for use by military forces by offering superior mobility, outstanding durability, and a high level of functionality”. </p>
Source: IHS Jane’s 360
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