Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Kia Press | posted November 21, 2014 07:32
Powered by a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine
Kia, along with Dongfeng Yueda Kia (DYK) recently unveiled the KX3 concept at the 2014 Guangzhou Motor Show. According to the Korean automaker, the car's unique design is the prelude for a future China-exclusive C-segment SUV.
Its distinct appearance is aimed for young Chinese consumers that are looking for, high value, high quality cars that reflects their passion and outgoing lifestyle. It has body dimensions that measure 4260 mm in length, 1765mm in width, 1630mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2590mm. Moreover, the KX3 concept garnered a five-star C-NCAP safety rating as the body is composed of ultra-high tensile strength.
The front section carries the brand's signature 'tiger-nose' grill with a matte chrome finish and is accompanied by LED headlights. The glass area was inspired from a coupe design while on the side, the car has a rising belt line that becomes a muscular wheel arch at the back. The rear has a roof mounted spoiler and has a unique taillight cluster that is not reminiscent of current Kia models.
Kia did not state any interior features but they did say that it will have a 'high level of refinement and comfort'. It will be equipped with the brand's latest in-car connectivity, easy-to-use smartphone function and an array of interior options.
Providing motivation for the KX3 concept is a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline direct injection (TGDI) that is mated with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox that drives all four wheels.