Mexico Embraces The Transition from Rio to K3
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Mexico Embraces The Transition from Rio to K3

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Reneé Lerma By Reneé Lerma | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Mon, 08/21/2023 - 13:47

The KIA Rio is stepping down from the limelight in Mexico to make way for its successor: the KIA K3. This model will soon roll off the assembly lines at KIA's manufacturing facility in Nuevo Leon. Notably, Mexico will be the first market worldwide to embrace the K3, underscoring the country’s significance in KIA’s global strategy. Sales are set to commence in October, introducing a new era of driving excellence.

This shift to KIA K3 is geared towards strengthening KIA's influence within the subcompact sedan category and captivating the Mexican market with a new and exciting option. The KIA K3 will offer a choice between two potent engine options. Most of the lineup will be powered by a 1.6-liter engine generating approximately 120 horsepower, aligning with the performance of the outgoing Rio model. For those seeking an extra boost, the GT-Line variant boasts a 2.0-liter engine that packs around 150 horsepower.

Positioned as a subcompact sedan with a length of 4.55m, the KIA K3 is setting new standards in its category. It is 9cm shorter than the Forte and its design focuses on a vast interior and a trunk with a 544-liter capacity.

The KIA K3 embodies the iconic "Opposites United" design philosophy, accentuated by captivating LED lighting. The KIA K3 has a minimalist interior design, characterized by a distinctive two-spoke steering wheel, a sleek dashboard and an integrated 10.25" screen and digital cluster. It has automatic dual-zone air conditioning, ambient lighting featuring a selection of 64 colors, wireless phone charging capabilities and advanced driving assistance systems in the GT-Line version.

The KIA K3 marks the beginning of KIA’s new generation of compact sedans. The K3's arrival in Mexico mirrors its journey in South Korea.

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