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Kia K3 sedan to replace Rio: all trim levels revealed

The four-door is available with two naturally aspirated engines to choose from. The configurations cannot be called particularly rich – at least on the debut market.

The premiere of the newest Kia K3 sedan took place in August in Mexico: only there its production has been established so far, it is logical that this country has become the debut market for models. We started accepting orders in early October, and now live sales are starting. By the way, the new product will also be available in the form of a hatchback, it has also already been shown, but the five-door will only reach dealers next year.

Standard Kia K3 1/2 Standard Kia K3 2/2

Let us remind you that the new family will replace the global Kia Rio (not to be confused with the deceased Russian Rio). It is curious that the brand today uses the K3 designation in Korea and China for the older model, which in some markets, including Russia, is known as Cerato, and in North America is called Forte. However, the main habitat for replacing the Kia Rio will be Latin America, while the new product may also be brought to the countries of Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Well, there are also rumors that Cerato/Forte/K3 will be renamed K4 in the next generation.

Kia K3 GT Line 1/2 Kia K3 GT Line 2/2

The length of the younger four-door is 4545 mm, which is 10 mm longer than that of the sister Hyundai Accent of the new generation (in India this is Verna, and in the Russian Federation the Hyundai model would be the next Solaris). The remaining dimensions of the cars are the same: width – 1765 mm, height – 1475 mm, wheelbase – 2670 mm. For comparison, the dimensions of the outgoing “world” sedan Kia Rio: 4385/1725/1460 mm, the distance between the axles is 2580 mm. Trunk volume of the Kia K3 is 544 liters versus 387 liters for the global four-door Rio.

Kia K3 GT Line < p>In Mexico, the new sedan is offered with a 1.6 naturally aspirated petrol engine from its predecessor, the engine produces 123 hp. and is paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Customers also have access to a “sportier” Kia K3 GT Line: under the hood of this version there is a naturally aspirated 2.0 engine with a power of 152 hp, the engine is combined exclusively with a 6-automatic transmission.

Kia K3 GT Line 1/5 Kia K3 GT Line 2/5 Kia K3 GT Line 3/5 Kia K3 GT Line 4/5 Kia K3 GT Line 5/5

The model is presented in five trim levels. The base L has 15-inch wheels, halogen headlights, air conditioning, an 8-inch infotainment system, six airbags and ESC. The LX version adds heated exterior mirrors and a rearview camera; The EX version has 16-inch wheels, all-round disc brakes, LED headlights, a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument panel and cruise control (but “cruise” is only available on cars with an automatic transmission).
< /p> Kia K3 GT Line

Kia K3 EX Pack additionally has halogen foglights, leather interior, dual-zone climate control , wireless charging for a smartphone, multimedia with a 10.25-inch screen, auto braking systems, blind spot monitoring and lane marking monitoring. Finally, the top GT Line sedan also includes 17-inch wheels, LED foglights, a sports steering wheel and ambient lighting.

The Kia K3 is priced between 313,900 and 452,900 pesos. , which is equivalent to approximately 1,658,000 – 2,393,000 rubles at the current exchange rate. The previous Rio sedan is still in service, and it is cheaper – from 288,900 pesos (1,526,000 rubles).

As for Russia, our next Kia Rio could well be unified with the global K3. But now only a “parallel” future awaits Rio in the Russian Federation.

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