Kia’s Light Tactical Vehicle Is More Hummer Than Telluride

Kia has made a name for itself as a manufacturer of attractively priced and, as of lately, quite competent cars and SUVs. In South Korea, though, it produces all sorts of vehicles that never make it to this side of the Pacific. Like this military truck, for example.

It’s called the Kia Light Tactical Vehicle, or KLTV for short, and it looks a lot closer to an AM General Humvee than it does to, say, the Sportage, Sorento, or the new Telluride.

The version currently produced is actually the third generation of its type, produced primarily for military applications. Like the original Humvee, it’s built atop a modular platform that allows for a wide variety of configurations on two wheelbase lengths. So defense procurators can get them in just the setup they need, with payload capacities as high as seven tons.

In whatever configuration, the KLTV is motivated by a turbodiesel engine sending 225 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’ll climb 60% gradients and ford rivers up to two and a half feet deep in KLTV141 armored command vehicle spec.

It’ll do just about anything that a Humvee will, in short – getting troops where they need to be, hauling all their equipment, and looking the part in the process. Only instead of being built in Indiana, it’s built in South Korea.

Of course, it’s not the only one of its type, either: Italian manufacturer Iveco (once part of the Fiat group) makes one called the Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), Spain’s URO offers the VAMTAC, Venezuela’s Tiuna makes one dynamically named the UR-53AR50, and GAZ produces the Tigr in Russia.

Even Lamborghini once went after the military market with the LM002, and Toyota used to make one similar called the Mega Cruiser. So while AM General’s Humvee may be the most recognizable, and probably the most prolific, it’s not the only option for this type of multi-purpose military vehicle.

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  • TrevP

    Not gonna lie, I like it.

  • Karl

    Nice Hummer you got there Kia!

  • Mr. EP9

    How much?

  • charlotteharry57

    Hummer copycat. Oh, Kia…

    • Galaxium

      Every military truck looks like that and for good reason.

      You need good clearance in the front (resulting in open wheel arch) as well as having the tow hook capabilities. These aren’t passenger cars where they may give up some functionality for design. Everything is for functionality and space.

  • Bash

    This is a KIA!? No one would have known if it wasn’t mentioned.

  • Knotmyrealname

    They haven’t even tried to make it look a little different. Only 30 odd years after the first one….

    • I mean why would they, most military vehicles are look the same.

      • Knotmyrealname

        ..if you have no imagination.

        • Well I mean for military vehicle is more function over looks.

  • Actually Kia (or one of their predecessor Asia Motor) is a supplier of South Korean Army, they also still made modern version of M35 truck and M715 or Gladiator)
    They also made small, Jimny sized Jeep called KM 420.

  • Emoto

    First Kia I would not be embarrassed to be seen in.

  • robotlogic

    Now they need to get the hamster guys and do a new commercial.

  • Nordschleife

    This is Chinese level of copying efficiency Kia.

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