Hyundai ix25 based production-spec Kia KX3 spied without camou - China

27/12/2014 - 00:21 | ,  ,   | Paranjay Dutt

Could go on sale in China as early as March next year.

What appears to be the production version of the Kia KX3 mini SUV has been spotted in China by 163 Auto. Based on the Hyundai ix25 (India bound), the vehicle debuted in concept form at the 2014 Guangzhou Motor Show last month.

Production Kia KX3 spotted without camouflage
Changes to the front, compared to the concept, are only the larger foglamps.

Kia had earlier mentioned that the KX3 is a China only product while it's expected to be launched in the month of April, according to a previous report.

Production Kia KX3 rear spotted without camouflage
The inclusion of the badges, larger reflectors and a new skid guard round up features of the transition.

The version spotted here features a vertically set foglight (larger than the concept's), different alloy wheels, badges on the rear door, differently detailed taillamps, new bumper-mounted reflectors and a new skidplate.

Production Kia KX3 front spotted without camouflage

The KX3 crossover is 4,260 mm long, 1,765 mm wide, and 1,630 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,590 mm, which is identical to the ix25. And like the ix25, the vehicle too is going to be powered by a 1.6-litre engines, both in naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions. The larger 2-litre unit is likely to be skipped in the Kia, though.

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Production Kia KX3 C-Pillar spotted without camouflage
The variant appears to the be the top-end with rear disc brake, chrome-lined door handles and alloy wheels.

The KX3 reportedly fared well in the Chinese NCAP crash test, achieving a full 5-star rating. Apart from a good level of safety features, it will get push-button engine starter, and automatic climate control, depending on the trim level, add Chinese media reports.

[Source: 163 Auto]

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