Kia Philippines recently unveiled its latest marketing tagline that pledges its Promise to Care. Well, the coronavirus crisis seems to be giving the Korean automaker’s Philippine arm the opportunity to show this as it puts forward a product that is perfect for the needs of our frontliners and business owners, the Kia K2500.
Available in either cargo van (Kargo), jeepney style (Karga), dropside pickup, closed van, or Cab and Chassis, the K2500 is meant to meet the needs of business owners involved in delivery of groceries, food, or medical supplies, an ambulance, or a conveyance for ferrying frontliners and healthcare workers to and from their assignments.
It’s got vinyl seats that are durable yet comfortable. The K2500 can seat up to 19 passengers, has a payload capacity of 835 kg, and can even be fitted with rear air-conditioning. Moreover, it’s got thoughtful touches like an open panel where drivers can store often used items for easy access.
Powered by a 2.5-liter CRDI inline-4 diesel rated at 130 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 188 lb-ft at 1,500-3,500 rpm, it’s got adequate power and is tuned for efficiency. Mated to a 6-speed manual and has the option of 4WD, it is ideal for reaching even far-off destinations that aren’t exactly lined with “roads.”
With prices that start from P829,000 and go all the way to P1,215,000 for the Karga 4×4, it could just be the ideal vehicle for those that need to ferry passengers or relief goods during this COVID-19 crisis.