The Kia K3, or the next-generation Kia Forte to us, was officially shown last month sporting an Optima K5-style face and more organic styling. Now, spyshots from China show a K3 with slightly altered styling to suit the Chinese market.

The most obvious change from the K3 we’ve seen before this is the addition of vertical chrome slats to the car’s tiger nose, in place of a honeycomb grille. This isn’t something new for Kia – its flagship RWD K9 limo sports the same grille.

Changes are more substantial at the back. The Chinese-market K3 has a unique tail lamp cluster design, and there’s a chrome bar linking both tail lamps. The bar “eats into the lights” and carries the Kia logo. The bumper appears to be identical to the Korean/international version. The set of pics are completed by an image of three different wheel designs, likely to be 15, 16 and 17-inch items for different trim levels.

We also get a first glimpse at the K3’s dashboard, which is more stylish that the current car’s. The button-rich steering (as seen here) follows the design of the K5’s wheel, but the general layout borrows more from the Sportage than the Optima.

Click here to see the officially released K3 pics.