Kia has announced an update for a “relative” CretaAugust 24, 2018
Compact crossover Kia KX3 (4 270/1 780/1 630 mm, wheelbase – 2,590 mm) started in the China in 2015. The closest “relative” of this model is Hyundai ix25. The KX3 crossover is produced in China at the joint venture Kia and Dongfeng, only in this country it is sold.
In its first year on the market KX3 sold a circulation of 47 432 copies. The result, apparently, did not satisfy Kia and already in 2016 there is a restyling version for sale. The renovation justified itself – that year the cross finished with a result of 68,913 units sold. However, following the results of 2017, the sales of the SUV collapsed almost sevenfold – in the past year Kia KX3 gained only 10 027 new owners. In 2018, the cross-country business, to put it mildly, does not matter: 977 cars sold in January-May. However, to refuse the model in Kia is not going to: a new version was announced – its teaser appeared on the official Chinese website of the brand, the premiere will be held on August 31 at the motor show in Chengdu.
Despite the fact that the KX3 image is hidden under the coverlet, local media do not expect any significant changes in design, only the expanded list of equipment will be coded. It should be noted that in the database of the Ministry of Industry of China, photos of the restyling SUV have not appeared recently, but there have recently been pictures of the electric version of the KX3 – it is possible that the electric car will be presented in Chengdu. The “green” crossover received an 111-hp electric motor and a battery with a capacity of 45 kWh, there is no data on the power reserve of such a model yet.
The current standard Kia KX3 is equipped with gasoline “atmospheric” 1.6 power of 125 hp and turbo four of a similar volume and a return of 160 hp. The first motor works in pair with six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the second is combined with a seven-step preselective “robot”. The all-wheel drive KX3, unlike ix25 / Creta, is not laid. The price of the Kia crossover with ICE is 116,800 yuan.
At the car showroom in Chengdu, Kia will also bring a small “SUV” KX1 and hybrid K5 sedan – these are localized versions of Stonic and Optima respectively, in China they are already presented.