29 September 2012

Peugeot 208 GTi - 200bhp, 7s to 100km/h & 1,160kg

Peugeot 208 GTi is promised to be spiritual successor to the legendary Peugeot 205 GTi. The latter was never really quite replaced in the Peugeot contemporary line-up due to, largely, lack of lightweight hatchback that rekindles the spirited drive of the old Peugeot. The 208 GTi sets to change that.

Initial signs are good. Packing 200bhp and 275Nm of power and torque, courtesy of a turbocharged 1.6L THP mill, the new GTi has a small inertia too, tipping 1,160kg at kerb, some 165kg less than the 207RC, a car it succeeded. Paired to a close ratio 6 speed manual, sprint to 100km/h is a touch less than 7.0s, with impressive in-gear acceleration to match.

Peugeot 208 GTi also benefits from re-spec springs, re-calibrated shock absorbers, stiffer anti-roll bar, an enhanced front subframe and rear crossmember rigidity over the cooking 208. The main aim is to delight its driver with an incisive driving experience due to the involving chassis dynamics, providing superb driving sensations thanks to its agility of the car achieved from great steering response, chassis dynamics and the rigidity of the suspension. Braking power is provided by  302mm ventilated discs at the front and 249mm at the rear. It shod on  205/45 tyres, the 17" diamond Carbon wheels, with Storm paint and matt varnish finishing.

To differentiate the scorching hot 208 from its lesser sibling, Peugeot has modified the front end of the car with the new grille trimmings with gloss back panel and chrome insert.The gloss black grille draws the eye with bright chrome inserts, which reinvent the sport chequered flag effect but in 3D. The side profile is garnished with the quarter panel trim proudly bears the GTi logo, in bright chrome accentuated in red highlights. Regardless of the exterior colour chosen, this red punctuates throughout the vehicle: on brake callipers, grille lower bead, Peugeot lettering on the tailgate and on the grille. The rear end features gloss black rear skirt with the exhaust emerges with a trapezoid chromed double tailpipe.

Opening the door reveals the sport seat with Nappa leather and Caro Weave cloth, accompanied red detailings. The dashboard too comes with red stitching. The pedals and footrest are aluminium. In addition, there's also a unique 208 GTi floor mats with black surround and stitched in red. Similar upholstery is used for the steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake lever with black full grain perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching. 

More photos of the Peugeot 208 GTi can be found after the jump.

28 September 2012

The new Kia Carens - technical details & gallery

The new 2013 Kia Carens finally bowed in at the Paris Motorshow. We have seen both the exterior and interior styling of Kia's final model to incorporate Schreyer's aesthetic overhaul, and now the we have all the technical  specification laid down.

The new Carens/Rondo measures 4,520mm long, 1,805mm wide and 1,610mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,750mm. Comparatively, the 2013 Kia Carens is 20mm shorter, 15mm narrower and significantly 40mm lower than the outgoing model. The more compact exterior volume however is accompanied by the improved interior space, thanks to 50mm increased in wheelbase, and a stretched A-pillar which the cowl top now is vertically above the front wheel centre line. The MPV will be offered in either 5 or 7 seater format, although both will share the same body shell.

For the 7 seater version, as depicted above, the second row seat will 3-split to an added versatility, while the rear most seat is 50/50 split. The cabin majors in comfort, with the second row gets their own car-like console mounted air vents. In Europe at least, 2013 Carens is highly spesified with electric parking brake, keyless entry with starter button, 4.2" LCD HD screen, 6 speaker setup with optional amps & sub-woofer, puddle lights for front door handles and large powered sunroof, of course, all of which depending on trim level.

 The engine option in Europe include a coupe of diesel and petrol respectively. The oil-burner is 1.7L mill, available in two states of tune. The lower output version cranks out 115PS and 260Nm of power and torque while the higher output model churns out 136PS and 330Nm of power and torque. The entry-level gasoline model is powered by the 1.6L gasoline direct injection, kicking some 135PS and 165Nm and the range topper is also a GDI unit, displacing 2.0L and pumping 177PS and 211Nm. All units can be paired with either 6 speed manual gerbox or 6 speed automatic.

The gallery of the new 2013 Kia Carens can be found below.

More photos after the jump.

Honda CR-Z facelift - 137PS, 9s to 100km/h & 200km/h top speed

Honda has updated its CR-Z hybrid hatchback with a host of exterior enhancement and a boost in its IMA powertrain output. The exterior updates are mainly in the front bumper design, which now has a larger "intakes" and the radiator grille is not without the three slats behind the license plate. The side mirror now featuring LED, similarly the LED also make an appearance in the rear light, which together with revised rear bumper design with integrated diffuser complete the rear end makeover. Newly design 17 inch rim complete the styling enhancement.

Underneath the hood, Honda has revised the gasoline unit with a new ECU and valve timing setting, bumping the power from to 121PS@6,600rpm (118PS for CVT)  and torque to 146Nm@4,800rpm. The electric drivetrain has been enhanced with the application of lithium-ion battery, which together with an improved motor delivers 20PS and 78Nm. The combined power output is 137PS@6,600rpm and 190Nm of torque between 1,000-2,000rpm. Performance has been improved too, with the manual car capable of sprinting to 100km/h in 9.0s (0.7s reduction) on the way to 200km/h top speed. The car also gets "KERS" button, with S+ mode capable in delivering extra thrust for 10s, provided that the battery is 50% charged at least.

Honda has also updates the cabin of Honda CR-Z with the new selection of fabric and textures, as well as the LED lighting. Other than that, it is the standard adventurous CR-Z , which is really quite a standout compared with the recent new Hondas. The interior photo above the live cabin show, from Autoblog. Continue reading for a bunch of live photo from Paris, credited to Autoblog.

27 September 2012

2013 Volkswagen GTI unveiled in Paris

Sombreness is the new aggressiveness. You may shout as loud as you will, but do it with with your lip shut. This is MMN analogy to describe the new appearance of the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Clothed in a very, very restrained styling projection, which best describe as if the body flexing muscle is conceal by the tight-flat-wrapped clothing, hiding the athleticism from the being visible. The "mature" face hides a screaming 217bhp and 350Nm of power and torque produced by the new turbocharged, direct injected 2.0L lump employing the Start/Stop to boost fuel economy to the tune of 6.0L/100km.

Compared to the cooking Mk7, the GTI Design Study (yeah right) gets a different front fascia design, employing the legendary red stripes that run along the upper grille, and new for Mk7, into the headlights too. The bumper, while retaining similar outline, is actually more bulging and protruding outward, with prominent meshing grille pattern. The strakes adorns the fog lamp housing. The rear end meanwhile gets a smoked rear lights and 80mm diameter exhaust outlet poking on each side of the rear bumper valence. The car sits on the Brooklyn 17" alloys, with 18 inchers available as an option. The former is wrapped in 225/45 tyres. Other than that, the Golf GTI is pure Mk7 Golf, meaning that it is a clean-looking C Segment hatchback with stunning stressed-metal-sheet look customary to VAG family and littered with lots of tiny design detailing that counts beyond their sums.

Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by the aforementioned 2.0L 4 cylinder engine, assisted by the modern direct injection system and boosted by a turbocharger. Transmission option is either 6MT or 6 speed DSG. There are two states of tune available. The standard tune offers 217PS and 350Nm of power and torque combo, while the Performance Pack liberates another 10PS. In the "lower-power guise", the new GTI sprints to 100km/h in 6.6s, on the way to 246km/h top speed. Opting for the Performance Pack cuts the century sprint time by 0.1s and rounded up the top speed to 250km/h. Going for the power pack not only liberates more power, but the handling is further enhanced by larger front disc brakes measuring 17-inch in diameter (with GTI  embossed on the caliper) and front axle differential lock.

The interior of the VW Golf GTI is garnished in the best of GTI tradition, meaning that the "tartan" upholstery pattern and the golf-ball shaped gear knob. Since the last generations too the flat-bottomed steering has been featured and carried into the Mk7 GTI with 3 metal spokes and high-gloss black trim. The dashboard is trimmed in similar high-gloss black too. The leather parts are red stitched, lending further ambiance of sportiness. Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent graphics of its instruments. It is no coincidence that it resembles high-end chronographs. The GTI-specific look of the interior is completed by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

The Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI will be on sale in Europe in early 2013 in both 3 and 5 door body styles. UK will get the car in their summer. One more photo after the jump.

26 September 2012

First photo of Jaguar F Type interior - gallery inside

We have seen the complete exterior view of Jaguar F Type a couple of days ago together with a glimpse of the interior. Ahead of Paris Motorshow opening tomorrow, the jigsaw has been completed with a full view of Jaguar F Type interior.
The interior draws heavily from the Jaguar C-X16 Concept right down to the door trim and door inside handle design. The dashboard also features the passenger grab handle than runs melded into the gear console. It is very clear that C-X16 Concept is indeed the new F Type is disguise, and presented with the showcar loud red leather, alcantra trimmings and carbon fibre decoration. Get rid of all that, and this is what you get. Thus, we reckon that it is very safe to assume that the Coupe version of the F Type will remain faithful to the earlier concept.

The interior photos made their way into the internet together with additional exterior shots. No word is worthwhile to describe the sensational styling. We also got to see how the fabric look like when it is deployed. Read on......

What does automotive engineer do?

Ever wondered how any car comes about? Yes, it is right that no car falls off the sky, or grown from back yard, or printed from internet comments. They are designed and manufactured. These are the job of automotive engineer as well as manufacturing worker. Just to give the complete ecosystem of the grand scheme of thing, of course they are supported by the non-core generic group such as the procurement, HR, finance and well...managers. In this articles, we are going into what's been going on in, amongst others, the engineering design department to understand how's a daily life of automotive design engineer. Its about their daily grind, routine and what they are expected to deliver.

Firstly, for those who aspire to become one, how to get there? Well, any engineering degree will do. Car is an amalgamation of many things, covering electronics, mechanical, material engineering etc. I myself is an aeronautical engineering graduates, and I wasn't alienated by the items involved in engineering a car. Thus, get yourself a degree as an entry pass.

Vehicle Conception
Contrary to designation, or any imagination about the job, the design engineer job is quite a lot. The engineers involved in the design of the new car model, maintaining the current production car and continuously improving the running car. The first job is self explanatory. It is from the conception of car all the way down to the production, we'll elaborate later. The second scope is what is called maintaining the Bill Of Material (BOM) whenever there is new variant, or reacting to warranty issues, so there's a lot database updating, countermeasure trials and updating the design. The third one is the continuous stream of improvement, to make installation easier to reduce tact time, to cut further cost by optimizing materials and to improve customer satisfaction via achieving better operability. It's a lot job to do in 8 hours stint. Doing all these will involve a lot of meetings, vendor visit and stationing at the manufacturing plant. Many engineers only have quality time to do the design job after 5pm, i.e when most meeting has called it a day.

Now that you know roughly the overall scope, we'll dig deeper into the first scope from now onwards. The development starts when the new model has been conceived. Engineer's roles at this stage is in the vehicle packaging where each design engineer will conceive their parts like which component to use, how big is it etc....The preliminary design must comform to the target weight and cost, among others. At the end of this gateway, the styling must be freezed too.
Instance of packaging drawing

Side panel drawing
When the constraints are already fixed, it is time to jump into the detail design activity. Each engineer will start designing the parts within their areas of custodian. It means thousands of parts. This is where the components are assessed against their functionality, interference with surroundings, performance and manufacturability. For example, the side outer panel of the car will look like the drawing below. In addition to the child part drawing, there is also an assembly drawing, depicted by the tailgate assembly below.

Sample of tail gate assembly drawing
There are many factors considered in the design of any car component. Apart from fulfilling the function, the component also has to meet certain regulation too. For example, exterior parts has a minimum radius criteria, metal outer panel has minimum dent-resistance to prevent tone-chipping damage, the door handle has minimum operating cycle before breaking point and many more. There is also crash worthiness to think about, so that the passenger is safely cocooned in the body structure cell and the pedestrian is not injured by the over-stiff hood and front bumper. 

Nowadays, the design optimization is computer aided and thus, thousands of design permutation can be tried out rapidly. The modal and structural of stamped metal for example can be modelled with Altair OptiStruct to optimize design topology. The overall crash performance can be evaluated by LS-Dyna which can modelled the crash situation and the effect of welding and adhesive fixing structure can be seen too. For other components, Nastran is widely used too, and Abaqus will extensively used in the modeling of the component that involved bearing, contact surface and non-linearity effect. So the days to multiple prototyping is so yesteryear! More interesting facts about automotive design engineer after the jump.

25 September 2012

Evocative Jaguar F-Type photo leaked ahead of Paris debut

Just days before the Paris Motorshow opens its door, more photos of the Jaguar F-Type were leaked into the internet. Jaguar has responded to the previous leak by releasing the front view of the car, and now the rest of the photos has made their way into the net.
While the front end of the car is fairly well known recently, the new shots show that the rear end of the car stays faithful to the Jaguar C-X16 Concept. The E-Type inspired butt is nothing like the low and sleek of its legendary forebear, but carries the same design concept into the short and stubby tail.
We also got to see the interior for the first time, which, like the rear end, has a heavy C-X16 cues carried over unscathed. There is a proper gear lever instead of the rotary dial, and like the rest of Jaguar range, features the innovative aircond outlet duct. Where the duct swivel on the XF, it pops up this time around. 
Jaguar F-Type is set to be one of the most beautiful Jaguar ever. It carries the retro element of the legendary Jaguar and blends it with the modern surfacing the recent Jaguar is known for. In the market, the car will compete with the likes of Porsche Boxster and Cayman. The car is set to be powered by a 3.0L V6 supercharged and 5.0L V8 supercharged and both are expected to channel the drive to the rear wheel via an 8 speed automatic gearbox.

Paris will open its curtain this Thursday so stay tune. For the rest of the leaked photo, head after the jump.

22 September 2012

2013 Kia Carens MPV - more detail photos of exterior and interior

The new Kia Carens/Rondo is due to make its debut at Paris Motorshow. Kia has released some official studio shots a couple of days back, and now Autoexpress has obtained some exclusive shots of the said MPV prior to its official unveiling. Read on for more juicy details about Kia's new MPV.
Kia Carens sports the refined Kia's corporate face, consistent with the Optima K5 and Forte/K3/Cerato design language. The expressive face does lend some exciting look out to the bland MPV body styles. The side profile is very rakish too, with heavily raked windscreen with far-stretched A-pillar. The mini-pillar of the door frame is slanted too instead of dead vertical, extra dose of snazzy touch. There's a strong character line running from the headlight along the car until the rear combi. The window frame is chrome-garnished, which runs along the lower frame and terminated at the D-pillar. Gallery below outline both exterior and interior outlook, so do look out further down.....

More photos after the jump.

BMW launched the entry level 3 Series - the 320i

BMW Malaysia has released the new version of the F30 3 Series, an entry level 320i Sport and 320i Luxury. The car is priced at RM238,800. Previously, the lowest rank F30 is the 320d, which is priced at RM248,800, and offered in Sport and Modern trim line.

Similar to the 520i, BMW 320i is powered by TwinPower unit features twin-scroll turbocharging, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control producing 184bhp@5000-6250rpm and 270Nm@1250-4500rpm of power and torque. The engine catapult the 320i to 100 km/h in mere 7.6 seconds and to a 235 km/h of top speed. Average fuel consumption is rated at 6.0L/100km.

The 320i comes with BMW EfficientDynamics pack, so you'll get Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop and Eco Pro mode. The new variants of the BMW 320i are also fitted with a host of features and equipment to exude the complete premium innovation experience that the BMW brand has to offer, be it behind the wheel or in the passenger seat. Both the new BMW 320i Luxury and Sport Line feature BMW Live and BMW TeleServices as a standard feature which are accessed through a 6.5” free-standing LCD panel and central BMW iDrive controller.

Additionally, BMW ConnectedDrive, the other innovation offering for in-car vehicle connectivity, provides owners with complete USB and Bluetooth connectivity to expand functionality for mobile phones and portable music players, on-board mobile office applications and on-board internet, making the experience with the new 320i, true Sheer Driving Pleasure.

21 September 2012

The return of cheap sedan - 2013 Dacia Logan & Sandero

Remember Dacia Logan? It is the 5000 Euros car launched at the end of 2004. It was a clever car, in engineering terms. It opened up a lot of interesting design option that many engineers took for granted. I was involved in the tear down of this car back in my automotive design engineer days, and was more than impressed with how the car was engineered. For one, the metal sheets were supremely simple. It has nothing of the complex stamped sheet with multiple beads, depression and oblong hole. It is just simple straight pieces, and culminated form various platform pieces from Renault-Nissan group. The simplicity of inner panel reinforcement, observed in the hood inner, front end car, split side structure outer panel are just clever. And this is before going into the plastic parts. The side mirror is symmetric left and right, half of the bumper is unpainted, so that the lower plastic part needs no color matching, the door trim is one-piece, the door inner handle is a simple affair too, carried over from the Renault cars, and have some rubber padded stopper in it. The dashboard is single mould product, the list goes on.....

The new one has arrived. And Dacia has revealed it ahead of its intended Paris debut, both in Logan sedan form and Sandero hatchback model. Externally, the new Logan/Sandero has ditched the current car angular, straight line and flat sheet panel, and has gained some curve. While the body panel is still slab-like to cut tooling cost, Dacia has pressed in some characterline above the wheelarch and the lower waist of the car.

The front end is more detailed too. The headlight blended more with the body panel instead of looking like a borrowed part. The front grille is just made of slats and mesh-backed. Overall, the body panel has more decorative creases stamped in, and the trend continues all the way to the back with the trunk lid panel. Logan and Sandero has an identical front end, while the rear end share the same tail light. Door outside handle is the simple lift type.

The dashboard and door trim are visibly more cheerful looking compared to the depressed-looking of the old one. While the dashboard could still be one-piece moulded, the upper and lower part are differently textured, and the centre console has some modern Renault cues in it. Depending on the trim, silver trim can be have too.

Dacia Logan and Sandero will be launched at Paris Motorshow where more juicy details will be revealed. More photos of both cars can be found after the jump.

20 September 2012

McLaren P1 - the design study of forthcoming hypercar

This is McLaren P1, a design concept of the next year McLaren F1 successor. Tipped by McLaren to be their "best driver car in the world on track and track", the sensational looking hypercar will pack a twin-turbocharged V8 paired for F1-style KERS, delivering 600bhp on gasoline, and additional 160bhp aided by KERS, giving 960bhp in total. Acceleration will shatter any existing record, predicted to be under 3s. While McLaren already declared that they won't bother topping Bugatti Veyron's top speed, the car will still tops 380 km/h.

The new McLaren hypercar will go neck to neck with the forthcoming Ferrari Enzo's replacement, codenamed F70. The prancing horse rival meanwhile will pack a 7.3L V12, hooked to the KERS too, and will deliver not much less than 1,000bhp. Isn't 2013 already sounds like an exciting year?

McLaren P1 you see here is almost the real-deal, previewing the real coming product. The design is far more aggressive than the gentlemen MP4-12C, with prominent blackened front fascia, and a McLaren-badged shaped headlamp. The body surfacing is wind tunnel honed, targeted to deliver the best performance of drag reduction, downforce maximization and optimized cooling performance. McLaren is harnessing all its racing experience in developing the car, and the Formula 1 influence is obvious. The rear diffuser for example, is tuned to extract the most of the airflow underneath the car for maximum downforce. Active aerodynamics will features too. Apart from the aero-efficient, the car pays a homage to its forebear too, the most obvious one is the snorkel air intake standing proud of the roof.

The car sits on the Monocell debut on the 12C, but the bodywork and suspension will be all-new, partly to accommodate a highly demanding performance requirement, higher top and cornering speed as well a much more premium positioning. It won't give much spare change from your GBP800,000, and no more than 500 will be build.

McLaren will showcase the P1 Design Study at Paris Motorshow. The official launch will be next year, to coincide with McLaren 50th anniversary.

19 September 2012

Next Generation Kia Carens Revealed

Still on Kia news, Kia Motor has released the first official image of its MPV, the Carens/Rondo ahead of its official unveiling at Paris Motorshow. The MPV is last in the product line-up to receive Peter Schreyer corporate look, where the current model is devoid of any aggressive tiger grille, intricate elongated headlight with elaborate graphic and distinctive side creases treatment. The new Carens gets all the afore-mentioned, and this time around will be offered in both 5 or 7 seater configuration.
The headlight is clearly K3 Forte/Cee'd inspired, with stretched trailing edge extension, with elaborative internal graphics and the now customary radiator grille design. It is only the front bumper lower fascia that looks a bit dowdy, unlike any of the contemporary Kia. Side panel is decorated with the lower sill depression, perhaps in an attempt to break the visual mass.

The rear too carries current Kia design language, very reminiscent of the recently unveiled new K3 Forte. The rear light unit features intricate inner detailings as depicted above. The said lights are linked by the chrome garnish.There is also a blackened lower valence to inject some air of sportiness at the rear end.

The new Kia Carens/Rondo sits on a platform shared with Kia Cee'd. Hence it will be very likely that it will mirror the engine line-up of the Cee'd family too. The interior follows the same theme as the recent Kia, with a clear layered layout. The switchgear is a combination of Carens-exclusive and the parts bin carry over. 

In Malaysia, Kia Carens is sold as Naza Rondo, rebadged and assembled locally in Gurun, Kedah. The new model is expected to follow the same modus operandi. Kia Carens/Rondo will be officially showcased during Paris Motorshow. Stay tune for more detail news.

18 September 2012

Kia officially launched the K3 Forte

Kia has officially launched the replacement for its popular Cerato/Forte in its homeland South Korea, where it will be simply called K3. The exterior photos were released back in July, covered by MMN HERE. So, today for the first time there are details on the dimension, engine choice and the equipment level, at least for the domestic South Korea market.

Styling-wise, the new K3 Forte builds on the same fundamental design characteristic based on the Optima K5. While the silhouette remains similar to its bigger brother, the details are less flamboyantly executed. It is more relaxing to be stared, having none of the feeling on being stared back by the car like the Optima. The front end is dominated by the large wraparound headlight, with prominent LED strips eyelid (This will not feature is the low line car, captured HERE). The side profile can be described as quite rakish, similar to its platform-sibling Hyundai Elantra (MMN Test Drive HERE). Consistent with design theme at the front, the rear end is characterized by large wraparound taillights too, where LED is featured on the more expensive version.

Dimensionally, the new Forte measures 4,560mm long, 1,780mm wide and 1,435mm tall, while riding on a 2,700mm wheelbase. The current Forte measures 4,530mm, 1,775mm, 1,465mm and 2,650mm in similar sequence of dimension, making the new Forte larger in terms of length, width but at a lowered height. The wheelbase stretches 50mm more too, which should translates into more spacious cabin volume.

In its domestic market, Kia K3 is offered only in a single powertrain option, namely 1.6L GDI. It produced 140PS@6,300rpm of power and 167Nm@4,850mm of torque. Bear in mind though that this mill is different from we are seeing the Hyundai Elantra here, which is port injected instead of direct injection and produced a good less output than the more modern Korean unit. Transmission option comprises of 6 speed automatic or 6 speed manual. Both comes with the ISG, essential a idle stop/go device to boost economy. To further boost fuel efficiency, Kia also work hard on aerodynamics front. K3 has a drag coefficient of 0.27, thanks to various measures of aero-optimized design including the covered underbody.

Kia has suitably updates the interior design too, albeit it is unmistakeably Forte. It is less driver-oriented that the layout of Optima K5, and the dashboard and console cocoon less too due to lack to high floor console and angled console like its bigger brother. It is also more restrained that its European twin, the Cee'd. The layout is characterized by symmetrical centre console with vertical air vents and the audio system does carry some design cues from the current Forte. Depending on the spesification, the audio can either be basic or comes equipped with the touch screen multimedia integrated with sat-nav. Both manual and automatic air-conditioning are available, again depending on trim level.
The cabin is available in several color, including the dark and bright choice. Leather and fabric are the trim of choice, upholstered according to the domestic specs. The door trim is visibly more luxurious in the design, with patterned-with-stitch leather insert as well as padded door arm rest. Kia's new C Segment also has another trump card of having the rear air cond duct, something that is always missing from the C Segment sedan. It is nice to note that while the Malaysian Elantra does not comes with the rear air cond outlet, the Indian version does comes with it. 

From what that can be gathered from the official photos, the interior is well-garnished. The switch-gear is aesthetically pleasing, with chromed insert in between. The gas pedal, not unlike Optima, is floor-hinged organ type. So, unlike some Japanese marque, there is no obvious cost cutting measures that is detectable by mere photograph.

In South Korea, the new Kia K3 is available in several trim level with one powertrain option. The domestic price starts from W14.92m to W19.39 and this represents at least W310,000 increased from its predecessor. More photos of the features on the new Kia Forte K3 can be have after the jump.