Yesterday we introduced to you the China-only Kia K2 as the sedan version of the new Rio. Well, we were wrong! The actual, global Rio sedan is this car you see here and it has no Optima in it.
Unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, this one’s much simpler than the K2 and it’s basically a Rio with a boot attached to it. The taillights too are the same as on the hatchback version, but here they resemble the rear-end of the Forte (Cerato) Koup. That’s nice! It has a chiseled and chunky design, with a cute face.
Going on sale in America this Fall, the 2012 Rio Sedan is powered by a 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder engine with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. This unit makes 135HP (100kW) and returns 30/40 mpg city/highway (7.8-5.8L/100km) thanks to its start/stop and braking energy recovery systems.
It comes with a choice of three trims – LX, EX and SX. Standard features across the range include an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service and auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting with MP3 players. The range-topping SX trim offers consumers UVO powered by Microsoft® in-car hands-free communication and entertainment system, complete with rear camera display.
The car is also packed with safety features including six airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). So five-start safety rating is already in the bag.