Kia Revealed First Official Pictures of China-only KX3 mini SUV

by Jan 19, 2015All News, Kia11 comments

Today we have the first official pictures from Kia of its KX3 production version available for the China car maket. The China-only small turbochargered SUV was revealed a month ago in a concept form at the 2014 Guangzhou AutoShow.

The car now shows a two-tone blue-white paint. The KX3 have the same wheelbase of the Hyundai ix25 (2,570 mm). Compared with the concept, the production version shows new fog lights design

This Kia mini SUV use the same engines than his brother, with the only difference that is abailable with a 1.6 Turbo GDi engine delivering 200 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, but also has similarities between the lastest models from Citroen (front end).

Blue/White KX3 photo source [Xcar.com.cn]

Written by Jose Antonio López

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

11 Comments

  1. foxter

    OMG, ugly as hell…

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  2. Kialover

    I must admit the front is a little bit strange. The rest is okay.
    Maybe the chinese people love such fronts. As i know KIA they definitely explored the taste of chinese people before designing.

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  3. J.R.

    No wonder it is a “China Only” model. It already looks like a cheap Chinese junk.

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  4. Kialover

    Oh, oh oh. I wouldnt tell chinese products a junk. I have so many quality chinese low price products in the house that old getting europeans should get nervous, like some do nowadays. Take Kia as an example: Ten years ago no one in europe took asian KIA serious. Now the european carmakers are full of sweat at night. Ok the front design is maybe chinese taste but as KIA leads the project the rest has to be high quality. Asian products get more and more reliable, but as for cars KIA is my favourite brand except for this china only front.

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    • Ainnem Agon

      I don´t thik the front design is bad. It is conceptually agressive just as the Juke was.

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      • Kialover

        I didnt want to say that it is ugly. It is just different from the nice current common Kia design. I think the grill has been widen too much with the led lights. Though the front of the red one above is acceptable. I saw pictures of the interior on a german online magazine and i liked it very much and it was told that this car could also come to europe. Ok but please with a little bit changed front if possible.

        Geetings. KIA forever.

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  5. Kialover

    I would have integrated the led lights into the headlamps. That would have been great. Maybe an idea for the european model.

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    • Jimbo

      If they really wanted to change the grill design, they shouldn’t have changed the concept by adding those frog-eyed headlights: http://i.imgur.com/PZ8y0mC.jpg

      It actually looks quite good without the headlight.

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      • Jtzist .

        After you showed this front from the Cross GT, I didn’t realize it even came from this concept. I agree, get rid of the fog lights.

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