Kaicene Philippines launched the Kaicene Star Truck along with the brand’s small MPV named Kaicene Honor S last June 2019. The Chinese commercial vehicle is the brand’s entry to the commercial vehicle segment. Kaicene made the Star Truck be a very capable workhorse. Despite the Star Truck's diminutive size, this commercial vehicle can be a viable solution for various micro-businesses in the Philippines.
Berjaya Auto Asia is the official distributor of the Kaicene Star Truck, and it is offered in three body configurations – the Star Truck Cab and Chassis priced at Php 435,000, the Dropside pickup worth Php 455,000, and the built-in aluminum box variant sold for Php 488,000.
Since the Kaicene Star Truck is a single cab, the commercial vehicle comes with two doors and an extended rear to accommodate any bed or box for the consumer's needs. The car is offered in three body configurations so consumers can choose if they want an aluminum box variant, dropside pickup, or cab and chassis. The commercial vehicle rides on steel wheels.
The Star Truck is made for a straight-up utility; that's why there's not much worth noting about its looks, which is a good thing for vehicles in this segment. Overall, the design of the Kaicene Star Truck is great for its purpose of hauling cargo.
The interior of the Kaicene Star Truck features two seats covered in black fabric for the drivers and a passenger. The vehicle comes with basic aircon knobs placed in front of the shifter. The commercial vehicle does have a tilting steering wheel for additional driver comfort. The Chinese commercial vehicle lacks power windows for both the passenger and driver's side doors. However, it comes with an AM/FM radio along with aux-in connectivity.
Just like the vehicle's exterior, there's not much to talk about the Star Truck's features as it comes with only the essential features that a commercial vehicle has to have.
Technology & Safety Features
The Kaicene Star Truck is a commercial vehicle that serves as a business truck. Since its not a passenger vehicle and its primary purpose is to haul cargos, it only has a few basic entertainment and safety features. It includes a two-DIN CD player with AM/FM radio and aux-in connectivity for the entertainment and a three-point safety belts for the driver and passenger.
Most other features are simple, like the practical instrument cluster, a fan for the cabin, and manual windows. The vehicle also comes with a 12-volt socket in the cabin to provide power to electronic devices.
Platform & Chassis
Kaicene employed the Star Truck with a 3H Chassis (high durability, high load capacity, and high rigidity) partnered to a six lead spring suspension design that the vehicle has leading levels of carrying capacity in the mini-truck segment.
The Kaicene Star rides on 14-inch steel wheels connected to the suspension system composed of MacPherson struts in the front and leaf springs in the rear setup. The commercial vehicle is also equipped with a ventilated disc in the front and drum brakes for the rear for an excellent performance.
In terms of dimensions, the Kaicene Star Truck has an overall length of 4,660 mm, a width of 1,620 mm, a height of 1890 mm, and a 2900 mm wheelbase.
Engine & Drivetrain
Kaicene Star Truck is powered by a 1.2L E-power I4 DOHC gasoline engine with 1,243 cc displacement that pumps up 97 horsepower and 119 Newton-meter of torque. The maximum output of the unit is 72 kW at 6000 rpm. This powerplant is paired to a five-speed manual transmission that drives the rear wheels.
Kaicene makes sure that the Star Truck is equipped with Changan’s E-power engine that combines fuel efficiency, power, and quiet operation. The powerplant used in this commercial vehicle is Euro 4 compliant with a fuel capacity of 40 liters.