Kia unveils 2022 K3 GT hatchback performanceApril 20, 2021
Following the premiere of the revamped K3 sedan in South Korea or Cerato / Forte in other markets last week, Kia is now rolling out the K3 GT as its 5-door, performance-enhancing counterpart.
The hatchback gets the same styling changes as the 4-door sedan, with updated LED headlights at the front and rear. The GT also boasts red accents on the front grille and a pseudo-rear diffuser flanked by twin tailpipes.
It’s not a full-fledged competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but the K3 GT has some sporty performance with multi-link rear suspension, Bilstein shocks, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and improved brakes over the regular variation.
The changes continue in the interior, where there is an electronic 10.25-inch screen for the driver and a multimedia complex with a touchscreen of the same size.
Red accents adorn the interior, as do the gearshift pedals along with the aluminum pedals. There are only two, as the K3 GT is offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
There are only two, as the K3 GT is offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. At the heart of the novelty is a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that develops 201 hp. and 265 Nm. These are decent numbers for the South Korean version. Kia has also released additional images of the K3 KDM sedan with KDM spec, highlighting some of the other improvements introduced with the mid-cycle update, such as the electric parking brake.
Fresh shots of the new Kia K3 GT also include photos of the lower trim level with LED DRLs, manual air conditioning, an analogue instrument cluster and a tiny center display. Information about which world car markets and when the updated Kia K3 will appear will be published later.
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