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Kia K3 instead of Rio: the sedan expands its sales geography

In some places the model is offered with two engines to choose from, while in others the budget employee gets one engine.

< p>The world premiere of the newest Kia K3 sedan took place in August: the model is produced in Mexico, which became the debut market. Now the four-door has begun to appear in other Latin American countries. Thus, the new product is already available for order in Guatemala and Colombia, the model was also announced in Peru, Chile and Argentina. In addition, it was officially announced that the sedan will reach the Middle East: the presentation of the version intended for this region was held at the Saudi Arabian Motor Show, which opened last week. By the way, next year the sedan will be accompanied by the Kia K3 hatchback in the Latin American markets, while the five-door has not yet been confirmed for the Middle East.

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Let us remind you that the new family will gradually supplant the global Kia Rio (not to be confused with the defunct Russian Rio). It is curious that the brand today uses the K3 designation in its native 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, there are rumors that Cerato/Forte/K3 will be renamed K4 in the next generation. But let's return to the state employee.

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In terms of design, the cars addressed to different countries are no different. Exterior features include a fastback body, elongated headlights with sections of running lights “flowing” onto the bumper, and “fanged” rear lights. The Kia K3 also has a “sporty” GT-Line modification (it is depicted in all company pictures), its features are a slightly more aggressive body kit, exposed dual exhaust pipes and original 17-inch wheels.
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The length of the Kia K3 is 4545 mm, which is 10 mm longer than that of the related new generation Hyundai Accent (in India it is Verna, and in the Russian Federation the Hyundai model would be the next Solaris). The remaining dimensions are the same as those of the Hyundai four-door: width – 1765 mm, height – 1475 mm, wheelbase – 2670 mm. Kia K3 trunk volume – 544 liters.

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In the cabin there is a display, that is, a digital instrument panel and a multimedia system screen hidden under a single glass. In Guatemala and Peru, an 8-inch multimedia touchscreen is announced for the sedan, while in other countries a 10.25-inch display is also provided. Depending on the configuration and market, the list of equipment may also include climate control, wireless charging for a smartphone, six airbags, a rear view camera, cruise control, lane marking and blind spot monitoring systems.

In Mexico, the sedan is offered with naturally aspirated gasoline 1.6 (123 hp) and 2.0 (152 hp). ), while the older engine is only available for the GT-Line version. For residents of Colombia, the sedan is available exclusively with the 1.6 engine (including the GT-Line option), but in Peru and Guatemala the Kia K3 is presented with a naturally aspirated 1.4 engine producing 99 hp. Transmissions are six-speed manual or automatic (except in Guatemala, where the model has only automatic transmission). The sedan's engine range for the Middle East has not yet been revealed.

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