Kia goes commercial – with the K2700
Motors has introduced a practical and unique new truck to the South
African light commercial vehicle market. The K2700 is a diesel-powered
one-ton truck with double rear wheels and provides a combination of
loadability, versatility and economy that make it an ideal commercial
transport solution for a wide variety of both urban and rural applications.
a huge portion South Africa’s economy revolves around the use if
commercial vehicles to – quite literally – keep its wheel turning, Kia
is one of the few importers and distributors to have pulled a clever move
and introduce a light commercial vehicle as part of its model line-up.
to a Kia release, virtually no terrain is too daunting for the K2700. Its
rugged body is designed to absorb the harshest of punishment to match the
power and traction. The basis of its strength is a box ladder frame with
interlocking C-beam rails that provide superior chassis strength and
measures the cargo area at 4,7 square metres, which is designed as a
single unit for greater durability and safety. Its corrugated surface
provides for cargo stability and secure loading and unloading. To assist
the safe securing of the most awkward loads, a ball has been added to the
end of the 12 load hooks on each side of the cargo box to improve the grip
of the securing rope.
is from Kia’s 2,7-litre J2 diesel engine mated a 5-speed gearbox with a
clutch locking system. Its 62 kW and 175 Nm of torque (peaking at 2 400
rpm) is enough to transport a full 1 000 kg load across any terrain. A
lateral mode selection action makes gear changes quick and easy. The use
of curved helical rather than straight cut gears, reduces operating noise
levels by around 1,8 decibels.
stopping ability while fully laden or unladen, is provided by 14-inch
ventilated discs in front and drum brakes on the rear wheels.
convenient feature is the easy lifting front panel that lends ready access
to the engine for checking and refilling of windshield washer fluid,
anti-freeze or air conditioner. Access to the rest of the engine is also
facilitated by the tilt-cab, which features a triple tilt lock to ensure
safety while working on the engine.
safety and comfort is also well catered for. Extensive use has been made
of high-strength steel in the construction of the cab, which is positioned
on a T-shaped front sub frame. The comfortable 1 650 mm wide cab features
bucket seats with integrated headrests, while the driver has a 4-way
adjustable seat with legroom and recline adjustments and a telescoping
cab features include main and secondary glove box, a cab light and
interior rear view mirror,
centre seatback console and comprehensive instrumentation. Smaller
conveniences like wide opening doors, anti-slip door steps, a triple-jet
washer nozzle, lowered exterior rear view mirrors, a cargo box side step
and removable gate chains, all help to make the
operator’s life more pleasant and productive.
full range of load canopies to adapt the K2700 for specific load
requirements are available through the Kia dealer network.
The K2700’s warranty is 3 years/100 000 km.