With the unpredictable, ever-changing nature of wartime environments, one can never be too prepared when it comes to outfitting military vehicles for survival. Quite the opposite — complacency results in serious, sometimes fatal consequences. Having produced 140,000 vehicles for the Korean and overseas military, Kia is well-versed in the demands of today’s troops. And with the unveiling of its Military Standard Platform, the Korean-based automaker plans to make an even more capable combat vehicle.
Born out of a joint investment with the Korean military, Kia’s new initiative includes the replacement of the current 2.5-ton and 5-ton military standard vehicles, as well as the development of an all-new 5-ton bulletproof platform. Although full specs have yet to be revealed, they’re slated to come with a torquey 7.0-liter diesel engine mated to an automatic transmission for maximum grunt over treacherous terrain. What’s more, they’ll include ABS and an Anti-Spin Regulator (ASR) in addition to Rear Parking Assist, Around View Monitor, satellite navigation, and hot wire seats. Based on the Mohave SUV chassis, the vehicles will feature a modular design allowing for an entire ecosystem of military vehicles. But the best part — Kia plans to incorporate some of this tech in its civilian rides.
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