World Car Gist #Update
A major complaint most people have about SUVs is the fact that they almost all look alike. If you also hold this view, it’s because you have not seen the Karlmann King. Designed by the Chinese company IAT and built by a team in Europe, the Karlmann King is based on the Ford F-550.
At almost six metres in length, the Karlmann King tips the scales at 4.5 tonnes, although optional bulletproofing lifts this figure to a mighty 6,000kg.It’s angular stealthy exterior which was intended by the maker to be a ‘visual beast’ looks like Batman’s Batmobile. Under the hood features a monster of a 6.8liter V10 engine which is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, with four-wheel-drive and air suspension front and rear.
Features include independent air con front and rear, a coffee machine, neon lighting, a flat screen TV, electric tables, air purification and a fridge, to name but a few. All of the electric features can be controlled via an in-car app. Entertainment includes a Hi-Fi sound system, a PlayStation 4 and phone projection, with satellite TV available as an option.
Displayed at the Dubai International Motor Show last year, it has been reported that IAT will build fewer than a dozen Karlmann Kings, although we’re yet to hear if the SUV’s entire production run has been accounted for.