Kia starts plug-in offensive in China
Kia unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show a new version of the mid-sized sedan K3, which has been designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market.
The new K3 (ICE) will be accompanied by the Kia K3 Plug-in Hybrid, available on sale in China from Q2 2019. Both versions are to be produced by Kia's joint venture Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors Co. (DYK).
"The exterior and interior of the K3 Plug-in Hybrid are subtly different from the more conventional K3 models, with a design intending to reflect its aerodynamic, highly-efficient nature. The Plug-in Hybrid model features its own distinct ‘ECO plug-in’ badges on the outside, while its infotainment system enables users to search for nearby charging locations."
Sadly, the initial press pack doesn't contain any specifications for the K3 Plug-in Hybrid.
For comparison, the Kia Optima PHEV, equipped with 9.8 kWh battery, is rated at 29 miles of all-electric range, however the limiting factor of EV mode is its 50 kW electric motor.
Gallery: Kia Presents K3 Plug-in Hybrid In Shanghai
KIA REVEALS CHINA-EXCLUSIVE K3 AND K3 PLUG-IN HYBRID AT AUTO SHANGHAI 2019
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Kia Motors Corporation’s Chinese venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors Co. (DYK), have revealed the new Kia K3 and K3 Plug-in Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2019. The latest version of the mid-sized sedan has been designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market.
- New Kia models offer design, technologies and powertrains engineered exclusively for Chinese customers
- ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept makes its Chinese debut
- Exhibition of latest tech innovations from the brand, including R.E.A.D, Kia’s Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving system
The new K3 features a unique exterior design, matched by a spacious, high-quality cabin and powered by a range of highly-efficient petrol and plug-in electrified powertrains. In addition, the car is offered with a series of China-specific technologies and functionality.
“The K3 has been designed and engineered with Chinese drivers in mind, and is built locally, with a range of features and characteristics aimed at exceeding the high expectations of young Chinese drivers,” said Jay Yoon, Vice President and Head of Brand & Marketing Group at DYK. “With more space and technology than ever, and a stunning new design inside and out, the new model isn’t just a rational choice, but a highly desirable one, too.”
Following their debut at Auto Shanghai 2019, the K3 will go on sale across China in the second quarter of the year.
The K3 and K3 Plug-in Hybrid are joined in Shanghai by DYK’s new China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) competitor, the K3 CTCC, demonstrating the dynamic performance potential of Kia’s latest model. DYK is also displaying the new ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept, first seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, as well as interactive exhibitions of the brand’s latest in-car technologies.
China-exclusive K3 revealed with stunning new design
Making its debut in Shanghai is the new K3, created exclusively for Chinese customers and offering a range of new design and technology features.
The design of the new K3 was overseen by Vice President and Head of Kia Design China, Oleg Son. The vehicle’s bodywork is characterised by smooth, sculpted surfaces and sharp, precise lines, creating a clean, modern aesthetic that stands out on the road. Precision details give the new K3 a modern, technical appearance, including the ‘heartbeat’ light signature in its LED head- and tail-lights, a visual cue hinting at the car’s ability to quicken the pulse of its owners.
The new K3 is available with a range of powertrains engineered to meet the unique tastes and requirements of Chinese drivers. The car is offered with two petrol engines – a 1.5-litre engine, and a 1.4-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDi) engine. The 1.5-litre engine offers best-in-class fuel efficiency, while both engines offer exciting, fast-revving on-road performance, despite their downsized displacement.
Introducing DYK’s new energy leader – the K3 Plug-in Hybrid
The K3 Plug-in Hybrid is also revealed for the first time in Shanghai, designed to consolidate DYK’s position as a leader in the new energy vehicle market.
The exterior and interior of the K3 Plug-in Hybrid are subtly different from the more conventional K3 models, with a design intending to reflect its aerodynamic, highly-efficient nature. The Plug-in Hybrid model features its own distinct ‘ECO plug-in’ badges on the outside, while its infotainment system enables users to search for nearby charging locations.
New K3 CTCC demonstrates performance potential
Inspired by the brand’s high-powered ‘GT’ models, the K3 CTCC is tuned to deliver podium-topping performance on the race circuit. The vehicle will be entered into the 2019 CTCC.
Fully-electric ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept exhibited
The ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept, revealed recently at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, now makes its China debut in Shanghai. The fully-electric sports sedan concept was designed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany.
The all-electric ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept car addresses consumer concerns about electric vehicle range, performance, recharging networks and driving dynamism, while also making pulses race with its striking design. A visual embodiment of the brand’s desire to move forward into the exciting world of electrification, this concept is Kia’s first pure electric four-door passenger car concept. Intentionally designed to sit outside predefined vehicle categories, it coherently draws together elements of a muscular sports utility vehicle, a sleek and athletic family sedan and a versatile and spacious crossover.
While not immediately destined for production, the ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept hints at interior and exterior design elements that could be adapted for future production models from the brand.
Kia R.E.A.D. – China debut for Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving technologies
DYK is exhibiting a range of Kia’s latest technologies at Auto Shanghai 2019, with a series of innovations developed for the post-autonomous driving era. Kia’s Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system looks to a future when autonomous driving is the norm and priority is placed on improving the human mobility experience.
The world-first technology optimises and personalises the cabin, analysing a driver’s emotional state in real-time through artificial intelligence-based bio-signal recognition technology. The technology monitors a driver’s emotional state and tailors the interior environment based on its assessment –altering conditions within the cabin that are related to human senses, creating a more enjoyable mobility experience. AI deep-learning technology enables the system to establish a baseline in user behaviour, and then identify patterns and trends to customise the cabin accordingly.
Visitors at DYK’s Auto Shanghai 2019 exhibition booth can experience the R.E.A.D. system for themselves with guided tours of the technology.