Kia KX Cross U.S. Release Date and Availability
We’ve written a few times on our Kias You Can’t Buy featurette about the unique models that have come out of Kia’s joint manufacturing partnership in China. The Kia KX5 is like a special Chinese version of the Kia Sportage. The Kia K3 on the other hand is similar to the Kia Forte with a very unique style. The Kia K4 slots between the Kia Forte (K3) and Kia Optima (Kia K5) with a focus on sporty style.
Today, we’re looking at a vehicle like the Kia K4 that has no analog in the United States. It’s a small, urban-ready crossover that has enough ground clearance and cargo-carrying ability to tough out the rough Northern Chinese winters and brave the terrain throughout the mainland.
What is the Kia KX Cross?
Built to offer competent, high-value transportation to those whose lifestyles take them between the urban areas where space is an issue and the sweeping farmlands where terrain mitigation is required, the Kia KX Cross is a stylish take on Kia’s smallest platform.
In Russia, in fact, another country where the KX Cross is sold, it’s known as the Kia Rio X-Line.
Costing between 74,900 and 85,900 Yuan (about $10,600 – 12,200 at the time of this blog article’s publication), the KX Cross is a high value vehicle that has seating for 5 passengers and a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout.
Currently, the Kia KX Cross is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine or 1.6-liter diesel engine. Power maxes out around 123 horsepower so don’t expect to see the KX Cross tearing up your favorite rally circuit. Power is sent to the wheel via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission
Despite its low price, the Kia KX Cross does what Kia does best – offer a ton of features and surprising capability for the money. On hand are several features which are not commonly found as standard in the Chinese budget market including four wheel disc brakes, HD reverse camera, intelligent start-stop system, dashboard with Supervision display, rear ventilation outlet and more.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are, of course, on hand as well.
Will the Kia KX Cross Come to the United States?
Occupying a similar space as the Kia Stonic, a vehicle we theorized had a good chance of arriving to North America, the Kia KX Cross is unlikely for several reasons. Among them, Kia’s Chinese products are unique to the Chinese mainland (with the exception of the KX Cross also selling in nearby Russia).
Additionally, the arrival of the upcoming Kia Seltos, alongside the existing Kia Soul and Kia Niro, means the United States has plenty of small crossovers to choose from.
All that said, the popularity of crossovers means nothing is impossible with regards to diversification and trying to penetrate the market deeper. We’ll keep our ears to the tracks on this one, but we wouldn’t advise anybody holding their breath waiting for it.
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