Kia KX3 (Hyundai ix25’s cousin) launch details emerge – Report


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The production version of the Kia KX3 concept which was unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show 2014 would go on sale in April 2015 in China, reports Auto Home.

Kia KX3 Concept front quarter at 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show
The Kia KX3 would be ready by April 2015.

The publication also says that the production version would retain most of the concept car’s design. The front end of the KX3 concept previewed the Hyundai-owned brand’s new design language with high-mounted headlamps and a narrower Tigershark front grille.

Based on the Hyundai ix25 which recently went on sale in China, the KX3 is reported to be powered by 1.6-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines. A 5-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic units are expected to constitute the transmission lineup.

Kia KX3 Concept rear quarter at 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show
The KX3 is based on the underpinnings of the India-bound Hyundai ix25.

The compact crossover sits on a high-tensile steel monocoque which is engineered to achieve 5-star safety rating in C-NCAP. The company said earlier that the KX3 is exclusively developed for the Chinese market.

Also read: Hyundai ix25 starts testing in India

The production version is expected to retain the dimensions of the concept which measured 4,260 mm in length, 1,765 mm width, 1,630 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,590 mm.

Competitors: Honda Vezel, Honda XR-V, Hyundai ix25, Ford EcoSport
Launch Date: April 2015 in China

Kia KX3 concept – Image Gallery

[Source: Auto Home]

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