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News The All-New 2024 Kia K3: Raising the Bar in the Sub-Compact Segment

The All-New 2024 Kia K3: Raising the Bar in the Sub-Compact Segment

Unveiled in Mexico City, the Kia K3 is poised to take on all small cars

Kia has just lifted the curtain on its all-new K3 at a grand world premiere held in Mexico City. Aiming to redefine expectations for the sub-compact segment, the K3 comes packed with a progressive design, a spacious interior, and an array of safety and convenience features tailored to the needs of discerning sub-compact sedan buyers.

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

Produced in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, this new addition to the Kia lineup is poised to be a game-changer. Developed with a sharp focus on addressing the preferences and requirements of its customers, the K3 exemplifies that entry-level doesn’t mean compromising on an enriched driving experience usually reserved for higher-end vehicles.

The model, conceived under the ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, showcases a bold fastback-style silhouette – a first for its segment. Key external features include a reimagined Tiger Nose grille, a distinctive LED DRL light pattern, and a fastback-style roofline. The sporty GT-Line trim level brings in additional flair with larger air intakes, 17″ wheels, and dual exhaust outlets.

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

Stepping inside, passengers are greeted with a seamless blend of innovation and space utility. The interior boasts the harmonious integration of a 4.2” digital cluster and a 10.25” infotainment screen into one cohesive unit. Connectivity isn’t left behind, with features like wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the capacity to pair two devices via Bluetooth simultaneously. The model doesn’t skimp on comfort either; noteworthy features include two-zone touch automatic climate control and a customizable ambient lighting system.

Under the hood, Kia offers the 1.6-litre engine which can be paired with manual or automatic transmissions. The GT-Line variant introduces a 2.0-litre engine pushing out a solid 150 hp.

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

Safety, always a paramount concern for Kia, is robustly addressed in the K3. Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS braking, and an ESC electronic stability program. Additionally, an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) package offers technologies such as Front Collision Avoidance and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Sean Yoon, President and CEO of Kia North America, confidently remarked, “With the all-new K3, we are delivering design features and sophistication unprecedented in this class.”

The K3 is set to replace the Rio in select markets, following its recent discontinuation in Canada. Customers can anticipate its arrival in showrooms from the fourth quarter of this year, with specific launch details to be disclosed by individual markets in the coming months. Nothing has been shared by Kia Canada for the moment.

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

2024 Kia K3 | Photo: Kia

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