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Kia KM500

General utility truck

Kia KM500

The Kia KM500 general utility truck has a classic American military truck appearance

Entered service ?
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 9.45 t
Maximum load 4.5 / 9 t
Length 7.76 m
Width 2.24 m
Height 2.92 m
Engine D6AZ diesel
Engine power 270 hp
Maximum road speed 88 km/h
Range 855 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording 0.76 m


   The KM500 general utility truck was developed by Kia Motors. It is based to the American M809, but has many improvements. These trucks retain the classic American military truck appearance with the long bonnet, spartan soft-topped cab, and a large carrying area. The KM500 cargo truck is a baseline model of the Kia KM50 series of heavy-duty general utility trucks. Vehicle is in service with the ROK Army. The South Korean army also operates a smaller KM250 series of light utility trucks.

   The standard cargo truck has a payload capacity of 4 550 kg off road and 9 080 kg on hard surface roads. Its main purpose is to transport troops, cargo and materials over all types of roads, terrain and in all weather conditions. It can also tow heavy trailers or artillery pieces, such as the 155-mm howitzer.

   Both cab and cargo body are covered with removable canvas. The windshield also folds forward for maximum versatility. The removable slatted cargo body walls serve as troop seats when folded down. It provides seating for up to 24 fully-equipped troops.

   The Kia KM500 is powered by a D6AZ 11.2-liter diesel engine, developing 270 hp. It is a locally built MAN engine. Vehicle has a full time all-wheel drive. It features an extremely strong rail frame with eight cross members to ensure stability of the truck and cargo over rough terrain.


Variants of the KM500 series


   KM500 cargo truck;

   KM501 dump truck;

   KM502 wrecker;

   KM503 tractor truck. It has a maximum hauling capacity of 25 t;

   KM504 expandable van;

   KM505 cargo truck with extended cargo area;

   KM506 bridge carrier. It transports and quickly releases pontoons, during river crossing operations;

   Spare parts shop.


Video of the Kia KM500 general utility truck

Kia KM500

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