The Kia KX3 concept has been officially revealed at the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show. It’s a taste of what’s to come in terms of a compact crossover which will be commercialized exclusively in China and produced locally by the Dongfeng Yueda Kia (DYK) joint venture. Looking like a mini Sorento, the concept has the following dimensions: 4260mm length, 1765mm width, 1630mm height and has a 2590mm wheelbase while the trunk can carry up to 400-liter worth of luggage. The styling is familiar thanks to the corporate tiger nose grille while the LED headlights freshen up the overall appearance of the high-riding model.
The Kia KX3 concept has been configured with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine of unspecified output channeled to an all-wheel drive system through a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. According to the South Korean automaker, the vehicle’s construction includes ultra-high tensile steels which have granted the concept with a five-star rating in the C-NCAP crash tests.
Kia didn’t publish pics with the interior but they did say that it benefits from a “high level of refinement and comfort” and comes with their latest developments in terms of connectivity, providing full smartphone support. The production car will likely come in 2015 and will get a wide array of standard equipment but clients will be able to add many optional features at an additional cost.