The Kia K2500 is a reliable commercial vehicle from the K Series Kia Motors Philippines. It is built to cater to any demand of business such as transporting passengers and moving equipment and cargoes. In the Philippines, the K2500 is offered with a wide range of variants to choose from. It includes the K2500 4x4 Single Cab and Chassis, K2500 4x4 Single Cab dropside, K2500 Kargo Plus 4x2, K2500 Karga Plus 4x2, K2500 4x4 doube-cab dropside, K2500 Kargo 4x4, and K2500 Karga 4x4.
The Kia K series has been catering to businesses worldwide since its successful introduction in 1980. In other parts of the world, it is known as the Kia Bongo, Kia Big-Up, the Kia Travello, the Kia Kaon, Forland K1, and Kia Frontier.
In its first generation, the Kia Ceres, one of its first models, was made available in the Philippines. This sturdy agricultural workhorse once dominated urban and rural highways, carrying big loads.
The Kia Bongo III was launched locally as the company’s fourth-generation vehicle but under the name K2700. It was offered from May 2005 to August 2018. In the same year, Kia Motors Philippines launched the K2500 Karga series.
More recently in 2021, Kia updated the K2500 and it's Karga and Kargo variants now has a cargo capacity of 1,235 kg.
The all-new Kia K2500 is built with subtleness as it is made not to turn heads, but to perform. It measures 4,825mm long, 1,740mm wide, and 2,105mm tall.
Its front bears a wide windshield that provides a clear view of the road. The vertical headlights are broad and efficiently illuminate the road ahead when needed. The Kia K2500’s nicely shaped grille complements the vehicle’s overall practical look.
The Kia K2500’s body is boxy and exudes a serious but hardworking vibe. The closed van variant with sliding windows looks appealing and welcoming to its riders. It is fitted with padded benches that can be folded when storage space is needed.
The cab and chassis models of the Kia K2500 are built with a sturdy flatbed. The wide panels can be used for advertising purposes of the business.
Supporting the gross weight of 2,980kg for the Single Cab Karga, 2,112kg for the Single Cab 4x4 dropside, and 2,156kg for the Double Cab 4x4 dropside is a set of 15 inches steel tires.
Though the interior of the Kia 2500 is plain, it is fitted with necessities to get the job done such as a sturdy steering wheel, analog instrument console, power windows, and air conditioning vents with plastic dials.
The front of the Kia K2500 can accommodate three passengers, while the closed van type can carry 10 to 16 passengers.
Technology & Safety Features
The Kia K2500 is a vehicle designed to be a people mover or a workhorse hauler. As such, it’s a vehicle that comes integrated only with the essential features such as front power windows, rear aircon vents, and good forward visibility for the driver. Of note, the Kia K2500 has a ground clearance of 200mm along with a maximum payload capacity of 1,128 kg.
Platform & Chassis
To assure its durability while working, the Kia 2500 is built with a torsion spring at the front and a multi-leaf spring at the back. At the front, braking is supported by disc brakes while drum units are attached at the rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
The all-new Kia 2500 runs using a 2.5 Common Rail Direct Injection diesel engine that produces a maximum horsepower of 128 hp with a torque of 255 Nm. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.