Kia KX3 Production Variant Spotted Completely Undisguised

by Dec 29, 2014All News, Kia5 comments

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Today we have the first official pictures of the Kia KX3 production version spotted in China, while Kia’s China-only small turbochargered SUV revealed a month ago at the 2014 Guangzhou AutoShow.

[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]Ready to debut during 2015 we don’t have more details from the car apart that is codenamed as KCThe KX3 have the same wheelbase of the Hyundai ix25 (2,570 mm).

This Kia mini SUV use the same engines than his brother, with the only difference than from the launch will be abailable with a 1.6 Turbo GDi engine delivering 201 hp. Optionally, this engine could be fitted with the latest 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic transmission (DCT).

Probably also include in near future a family of diesel CRDi engines, from the U2 engine family, the 1.4 & 1.6 with 90 and 110 hp.

Looking at the pictures, the car looks like a small Sportage, using same style-designed taillights, fenders. The car will be available only in China at the launch. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

5 Comments

  1. foxter

    What a nightmare! ix25 is far ahaed, but is ugly as hell, so what to say about this??

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    • Jimbo

      Couldn’t agree more. It looks like a God damn vacuum cleaner!! Makes ix25 look infinitely better.

      I don’t like this lack of design unity in KIA’s range at all. I was hoping for two distinctive designs cues: Cee’d’s sleek and sharp grill for their sedans and smaller cars (as it was later adopted in K9 and Cadenza) AND Sedona’s muscular, bulky and angry looking grill for their bigger cars (new Sorento). But it looks like we are going to end up with 4 different designs: Cee’d style narrow grill, Sedona style bulky grill, this ugly piece of shit (KX3) AND… oh god… lazy unimaginative next Optima. If the next Sportage looks anything like KX3 or Optima, I’d be seriously pissed off.

      But this Citroen Cactus/Jeep Cherokee kind of design looks absolutely awful.

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      • thekcb

        Well, luckily this car is only created by Donfeng Yueda-Kia, brand’s chinese joint venture, so this car will be available only in China. For european and US-markets, Kia is developing another small-SUV, plus a dedicated small and Hybrid SUV

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        • Jimbo

          It won’t sell over here. Ford made the same mistake with Eco Sport. Made for India and South America in mind, they thought they could easily sell it in Europe. HUGE mistake. K4 is selling OK in China. So I wouldn’t be surprised if KX3 became popular.

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  2. Kia of Auburn

    All the new Kia’s are looking amazing, I can’t wait to see them!

    Reply

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