Like its cousin the ix25 the KX3 is built exclusively for the Chinese domestic market, though with competitors like the Ford EcoSport, Holden Trax, Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3 it may eventually find its way to other regions.
For the immediate future though, it will be a China-only model.
Two engines will be offered when it goes on sale early next year, with a naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre petrol producing 91kW and 151Nm, and a turbo 1.6 petrol making 150kW and 264Nm.
Both engines will be front-drive only. The entry-level engine will be sold with a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto, while the turbo 1.6 will only be available with a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic.
Dimensionally, the production KX3 is very close to the concept. The wheelbase and height remain at 2590mm and 1630mm respectively, though overall length grows 10mm to 4270mm while width grows 15mm to 1780mm.
The Kia KX3 goes on sale in China next March.
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