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2014 K3 Koup Features Frameless Doors, Turbo Engine
Kia plans to broaden its appeal to a new audience with the release of a 2014 K3 Koup 2-door in South Korea.
Originally unveiled in US-spec at March’s New York auto show, the images below provide us a clear look at how the all-new Koup coupe will look like when it hits Korean showrooms later this month.
Set to compete with the Hyundai Avante 2-door coupe (sold as Elantra coupe in North America), the new K3 Koup largely follows the design of the North American model.
The car features a swooping roofline, frameless doors and attractive 18-inch alloy wheels which give it an athletic and sporty appearance.
The K3 Koup’s swept headlights stretch deep into the front fenders, and the raked windshield and broad shoulders give the front end a sleek, sporty appearance.
The Korean-market Koup coupe will be available with a choice of two 1.6L petrol engines and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
1,6L GDI + Turbo Engines
The base K3 Koup model comes standard with a 1,6L GDI four-cylinder engine which generates 140 horsepower, while the top-of-the-range gets a 1,6L T-GDI turbo engine with 204 horsepower (maximum torque of 27.0 kg.m).
The highly-advanced 1,6L turbo engine utilizes double overhead cams with dual continuously variable valve timing technology that improves performance and lowers the fuel consumption.
Further improving the car’s on-road performance are a sport-tuned suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam rear design and 225/40R-18 tires (standard on the top-spec model).
Depending on the trim level, the Korean-spec K3 Koup will come with front and rear LED lights, xenon headlights, keyless entry with push-button start, vehicle stability management -VSM, hill-start assist control -HAC, emergency stop signal -ESS and others.