Ubinine has caught a Kia K3 (Kia Forte) testing in Korea with camouflage covering what appears to be sportier bumpers, body colored side extensions and a faux diffuser. It hints that Kia is working on a 'Sport' version of the sedan that shares roots with the Hyundai Elantra.
Other changes that can be recognized are redesigned taillamp clusters similar to the Kia Cadenza, larger alloy rims and chrome-finished dual exhaust tips. The interior has not been photographed, but one can imagine it having sport seats, dual tone leather option and exclusive trim options.
A closer look at one of the spyshots reveals a small T-GDI badge on the grille, which indirectly confirms the presence of the 1.6 T-GDI engine that is already available in the Kia Forte Koup and Kia Forte5 variants. In the latter, it outputs 201 hp and 265 Nm of torque. A 7-speed DCT gearbox will serve as its transmission, while a six speed manual gearbox could be the option.
Interestingly, Hyundai is also working on a Sport version of the new Hyundai Elantra. The Kia K3 Sport/Kia Forte Sport is expected to launch in Korea in H2 2016.