Kia has revealed a new compact sedan called the K3 in Mexico, which falls between the subcompact Rio and the compact Forte in terms of size. The K3 shares design elements with the larger K5, including exterior features like the Tiger Nose grille and a fastback-style silhouette.

While the K3 might not claim originality, it embraces the Opposites United design philosophy, marked by a fastback-style silhouette. This silhouette resonates with the aforementioned Polestar, yet Kia's take incorporates a slim Tiger Nose grille bordered by sweptback headlights that seamlessly merge with elegant daytime running lights.

Further down its profile, the K3 showcases plastic body cladding alongside streamlined bodywork. These features harmonize with the rakish windscreen and cascading roofline. Noteworthy elements include a seamlessly integrated rear spoiler and taillights connected by an illuminated strip.

Opting for the K3 GT-Line grants a sportier flair, featuring a more assertive front bumper and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. This trim is further distinguished by dual exhaust tips.

In terms of dimensions, the K3 measures 178.9 inches (4,545 millimeters) in length, 69.5 inches in width (1,765 mm), and 58.1 inches in height (1,475 mm), with a wheelbase spanning 105.1 inches (2,670 mm). For context, the K3 stands 3.8 inches (97 mm) shorter than the Forte, with 1.2 inches (30 mm) less between the wheels. However, it surpasses the Rio sedan by 6.3 inches  (160 mm) and boasts a 3.5-inch (89 mm) longer wheelbase.

Stepping into the cabin, a refined design language prevails, featuring minimalist aesthetics and tasteful accents. The two-spoke steering wheel takes inspiration from the EV6. Notable interior highlights encompass a digital instrument cluster, an available 10.25-inch infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 64-color ambient lighting system, rear air vents, and USB-C charging ports both in the front and rear.

While more information will surface closer to the launch date, indications suggest the model will offer heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Kia also underscores the trunk's capacity of accommodating up to 19.2 cubic feet of luggage.

Regarding safety, the Mexican standard version incorporates six airbags, electronic stability control, and ABS brakes. Although rather basic, the K3 will feature a range of driver assistance systems including Front Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.

Beneath the hood, power options are diverse. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine generates 121 horsepower and can be paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Opting for the K3 GT-Line grants access to a more potent 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower, linked to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters. Kia's plans also encompass a 1.4-liter engine tailored for export markets, although specifics remain undisclosed.

The Kia K3 will be produced in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and will be available in selected markets from the fourth quarter. Launch details and specifications will be communicated by respective countries in due course.

Source: Kia

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Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
15 years driving