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The Kia 2500 truck offers a versatile range of business vehicles

Including this no-frills, utilitarian dropside pickup version

We can see a very subtle version of Kia’s tiger-nose grille. PHOTO FROM KIA

You know how we can confidently tell that the Philippine economy is doing well? By the influx of business-oriented commercial vehicles in recent months. If you’ve been reading this website, we’re sure you’ve come across the launches of the Mitsubishi L300, the Suzuki Carry, the Isuzu Traviz and the Hyundai H-100 Kapitan Kargo. Surely, these vehicle manufacturers know a thing or two about local enterprises needing to transport their personnel and products. That has to be an encouraging picture, right?

And now, you can count Kia Philippines among automotive companies offering to help entrepreneurs grow their business. The distributor has very quietly brought in the 2500 light-duty truck, which is also available in various body configurations. The version you see in these photos is the dropside pickup.  Other variants include the basic cab-and-chassis, the closed van, the Kargo and the Karga.

The possibilities are endless with a utility vehicle like this one. PHOTO FROM KIA

Manufactured in South Korea, the 2500 is powered by a 2.5-liter CRDI diesel engine that produces 128hp and 255Nm. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this motor is likely the very same one found in the H-100 Kapitan Kargo.

The basic cab-and-chassis package of Kia’s new workhorse measures 4,825mm long, 1,740mm wide and 2,105mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,415mm. The gross vehicle weight is pegged at 2,980kg.

Here is the price list:

  • Cab and Chassis Single Cab 4×2 – P810,000
  • Cab and Chassis Single Cab 4×4 – P898,000
  • Cab and Chassis Double Cab 4×4 – P945,000
  • Dropside Single Cab 4×2 – P855,000
  • Dropside Single Cab 4×4 – P945,000
  • Dropside Double Cab 4×4 – P985,000
  • Closed Van Single Cab 4×2 – P910,000
  • Kargo Single Cab 4×2 – P960,000
  • Karga Single Cab 4×2 – P1,098,000
  • Karga Single Cab 4×4 – P1,195,000
No unnecessary bells and whistles here. Just the essentials. PHOTO FROM KIA

We honestly like the Dropside Double Cab 4×4 you see here. For the price, there are countless things you can do with this vehicle. Yes, even if you don’t actually own a business.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 24 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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