In the sea of crossovers and SUVs, seeing a hot and new hatchback can make everyone happy. Following the introduction of the updated version of the Kia K3 (Cerato) in South Korea, Kia has now launched the five-door hatchback version of the car and has chosen the nickname GT, which is related to sporty features such as professional suspension and reinforced brakes. .
Modifications to the appearance of this car are parallel to the sedan version. The front and rear LED lights have a new arrangement. The GT version also features red trim on the windshield and a sporty rear diffuser equipped with new headlights.
It may not be a major competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but the K3 GT has sporty features such as multi-link rear suspension, Bilstein shock absorbers, Michelin Sport pilot tires and reinforced brakes, none of which are standard on the K3. They are not seen.
Changes in the cabin have continued. Next to the multimedia touch screen, there is a 10.25-inch multifunction display in front of the driver. Red decorative pieces make the cabin space different. In addition to the aluminum pedals, gear shift pedals can also be found behind the steering wheel. The Kia K3 GT arrives with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Under the hood of this sharp hatchback is a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that produces 201 horsepower and 265 Nm of torque. These numbers are exactly the same as the Kia Forte 5 GT in Canada. These are good outputs for a sports hatchback.
It will cost $ 23,600 in South Korea, without additional options. The pre-Facelift version, which is available in Canada, is priced at C $ 27,595 (US $ 22,100).
Kia has also re-released new images of the K3 Facelift sedan version. In these pictures, some new changes in this car can be seen. Including the electric parking brake that has been added. Also in this new gallery of K3 images is the Le Optional version, which can be seen with halogen lights (instead of LEDs), manual ventilation system, analog odometer display and a smaller multimedia display.
The sedan version of this car will soon be available in the US market and will no longer be available under the Forte name. Like the policy of renaming the Optima to the K5, the Forte or Cerato will henceforth be known as the K3 in global markets.