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KIA: Now it's the edgy, wedgy Koup

Kia continues to pleasantly surprise the South African car market with its growing product choice. The addition of the sexily sporty, 225km/h, Koup, says DAVE FALL, has just made things even better.

Ladder frame makes a truck tough

2010-10-18 09:00

REAL TOUGH: The VW Amarok rides on a super-strong ladder chassis.

The VW Amarok bakkie is based on an company-developed, rugged ladder frame - a construction method ideal for its applications.

Choice application of high-strength steels gives the chassis an exceptionally high level of crash safety and it redefines the standards in its class.

At the same time, the Amarok’s ladder frame impresses with exemplary torsional rigidity, which is due to the closed-box profiles of its side members and other cross-members with box sections.

The latter pass through the side members and are welded to them; this is an optimal way to achieve maximum resistance to torsional forces.

Tremendous strength

The exceptional stability of the Double Cab benefits from generous A and C-pillar sections and decoupling the cab from the frame results in optimal torsional resilience. This is especially advantageous for the Amarok’s driving behaviour on rugged roads, providing tremendous strength - especially in the area behind the cabin.

The load bed is securely bolted to the ladder frame.

The Amarok combines safe on-road driving properties with remarkable off-road capabilities. Even the standard chassis, together with a specially tuned, electronic braking system, make this possible.

The hardware: up front is a double wishbone suspension with cast pivot bearings. The spring travel of 190mm gives it special off-road properties, yet also permits high loads. This is reflected in a maximum front axle load of up to 1385kg.

Maximum load

The bakkie satisfies customer expectations for different maximum payloads with two rear-suspension options. A comfort suspension is used on the 4x2 rear-wheel drive and switchable 4MOTION drive. It consists of a 2+1 trapezoidal spring pack that offers greater suspension, vibration and noise comfort.

Maximum axle load on this version: 1600kg with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 2.82 metric tons. In the case of the Amarok 4x2, this corresponds to a maximum payload of 948kg.

In conjunction with an optional heady-duty package, the Amarok can handle as much as 1147kg and weighs 3040kg – a new top value in this segment. It consists of a very high-load capacity, 3+2 trapezoidal suspension with three primary and two additional spring packs – a proven and widely used construction method in the bakkie segment.

The advantage is a continuously high level of driving comfort and overload safety factor, independent of payload, thanks to its progressive force-displacement characteristic.


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