Another new Kia Forte: bigger, more aggressive, and it has a hybrid versionMarch 22, 2019
There were fresh details about the sedan Kia new generation, designed for the Chinese market. In the sale of the model should go in the summer.
Sedan Kia replaced the generation at the beginning of last year. In the States, the model is called Forte and in Korea and China it wears the K3 index. A new sedan has already appeared on most markets, but in China, the brand is just preparing for its premiere. And in China, the company will sell the sedan with a different design, not the same as the global model. Spy photos of the Chinese version have already been posted on the Web, but now the pictures have been added to the database of the local Ministry of Industry. In addition, some characteristics of the novelty have become known.
From the “world” version of the Chinese differs more aggressive exterior: it has an increased grille, other bumpers and headlights. The grille itself can be either with vertical wedges or with an intricate pattern. The rear lights have changed the picture. The certification body does not publish photos of the interior, but thanks to the photospies, we know that the interior architecture of the “Chinese” is the same as that of the global Forte, while the K3 has replaced the climate control unit, plus more chrome is used in the interior decoration.
Chinese sedan was slightly larger than the model designed for other countries – the K3 length is 4660 mm compared to 4640 mm Forte. The wheelbase of the cars is identical – 2700 mm. However, the previous Chinese sedan is longer in length than the global model: 4600 mm versus 4560 mm in the old Forte (the distance between the axes is still the same 2700 mm).
In China, the sedan will offer the new petrol engine 1.5 with 115 hp. The same engine is in the range and local version of the restyled Hyundai Elantra, which, unlike the global Elantra, did not receive a “triangular” design. The motor has replaced the engine 1.6 (128 hp), but it is not yet known what gearboxes it combines with (the 1.6 engine works in tandem with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox). For the Kia model, the former turbo engine 1.4 with a return of 130 hp is provided, it comes with a seven-speed robotic gearbox with two clutches.
In addition, the Chinese Kia K3 appeared rechargeable hybrid version. The external differences of such a machine are blue inserts on the bumpers. The hybrid is equipped with a gasoline engine 1.6 and an electric motor, the cumulative recoil has not yet been disclosed. It is possible that the installation of K3 PHEV inherited from the Kia Niro SUV, which is not represented in the Middle Kingdom. At the cross-country, the total capacity of the plant is 141 hp, only on the Niro electric trail can travel 49 km (on the WLTP cycle). Note, the global Kia Forte hybrid version yet.
According to preliminary data, sales of the new K3 in China will start in June. The production model is established at the local plant Kia JV and Dongfeng. The previous generation sedan costs from 96,800 yuan. The former K3 in the PRC lost buyers: in 2018 77,920 vehicles were sold, which is 44% less than in 2017. For comparison, the related Elantra acquired 216,844 owners in China last year.
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