BAIC Philippines’ new ute brandishes payload numbers that are both impressive and–with rugged live-leaf suspension at front and in back–refreshingly realistic.

That 16-seat capacity on the passenger rear body is at the same time conservative (there’s just enough elbow room to go to 18) and fairly backed by a metric ton of max loading. The dropside flatbed variant fares even better with a third of a ton more in payload.

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