I asked several players (Soukoudragon, Daigensui) who know their stuff about the upcoming tier 5 Japanese (yes, it will be Japanese) premium medium tank: Chi-Nu Kai (improved). Here’s a bit of info about it:
Basically, it’s a Chi-Nu hull with a Chi-To turret and a better gun.
To quote Soukoudragon:
The gun is the Type 5 75mm model 2 cannon. No auto loader. It’s pen should be a little better than the US 76mm. Front hull armor is 50. The Turret is a Chi To turret with 75mm armor on the front. Engine is 240hp. I don’t think gun depression was good on this turret.
Also, some info about the gun from Daigensui:
Given the relatively large explosive filler of the AP shells, I’m thinking of it as a 85 mm ZiS S-53 with 75 mm Vickers HV level accuracy and slow aim time.
Proposed gun statistics:
Name: Name: 75 mm Gun Type 5
Damage: 160/160/280 HP
Penetration: 120/161/43 mm
Shell Price: 56 /7 /56
Rate of Fire: 15.38 r/m
Accuracy: 0.36 m
Aim Time: 2.9 s
Daigensui explains its history:
The Type 3 Kai is the post-war popular designation of the proposed upgrades to the Type 3 Chi-Nu. Given the late development of the Type 4 Chi-To and Type 5 Chi-Ri, the IJA needed a tank that could actually counter the M4 Sherman and other tanks of the Allies. To this end it was decided to put the Type 5 75 mm Tank Gun one way or another on the Type 3 Chi-Nu, with expanded use of welding to strengthen the hull and adding some armor.
There were two proposals for installing the Type 5 75 mm Tank Gun on the Chi-Nu: Using the turret of the Type 4 Chi-To, or adapting the Tank Gun for the turret of the Chi-Nu. On March 19, 1945, tests using the Chi-To turret were conducted at the Irago Firing Ground, and it was deemed that the handling of the tank was unaffected, and the results were satisfactory.
Based on the above historical facts, I believe that having the Type 3 Kai as a premium tank would be good for fans of Japanese tanks. The Type 3 Kai is somewhat of a mixture of the Matilda Black Prince and the PzKpfw IV Schmalturm, given that we’re putting a big turret with a gun similar to the 75 mm Vickers HV on top of a weaker hull. It’s also similar to the PzKpfw 38 nA in that it’s an improvement over the original form by incorporating more welding to make a stronger vehicle.
The Type 3 Kai should be a great long and medium range fire support, based on its Type 5 75 mm Tank Gun and relatively armored turret. In addition, the top speed of 39 km/h based on a 240 hp engine would make it more nimble than the PzKpfw IV Schmalturm, thus allowing it to be a fairly good mobile sniper.