The carmaker has refreshed the Kia K3 for the 2022 model year and prepares to rename it for the USA.
This compact car has various names in different markets. It is the Kia K3 in the domestic market, the Shuma in China, the Cerato in South America, Australia, New Zealand. The model is not available in Europe: the carmaker offers the Kia Ceed of a similar size there.
Now we know that Kia has filed for a trademark for the ‘K3’ name in the United States, analogous to the Kia K5. Expect the 2022 model under the new name will enter the U.S. market by the end of 2021.
Meantime, the Korean-spec Kia K3 received visual updates including new headlights and wheels, revised taillights, a new logo, a bigger infotainment screen, and a digital gauge cluster in the cabin.
The North American version, when it arrives, will have the same changes, we believe. A 2.0-liter inline-four will likely remain the base engine, while a more potent turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters will power the hot GT variant. The manual transmission may remain or not, but an automatic option – a CVT or a 7-speed DCT, or both should be.
The current 2021 Kia Forte is priced between $17,890-23,290. It is one of the best cars for the money and offers a decent number of standard features, given its low price. The Forte boasts a good fuel economy (a base model), a spacious cabin, a user-friendly infotainment system.
With that, some reviewers say the car’s continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is unresponsive, and its ride quality is middling.