Last week, we showed you the Kia K2 sedan from the Shanghai show. That B-segment sedan has a China specific design and will be produced domestically for Chinese consumption. Here’s the K2’s sister car, the Rio Sedan, which was unwrapped at the New York show.
Sitting on the same platform as the Rio hatchback that was shown in Geneva (and the K2), the 2012 Rio Sedan will compete in America’s sub compact segment, which would be the Vios/City class in our market. Like the K2, this car is 4.37 metres long and has a 2.57m wheelbase, which is about par for the class – 25 mm shorter than a Honda City, with a 20 mm longer wheelbase. Boot volume is 390 litres.
Penned at Kia’s design studios in Irvine, California, the Rio Sedan looks more like its hatchback sibling than the K2. It has more rounded edges and features compared to the K2, which is more or less like a baby K5 (Optima). Still, the Rio Sedan won’t be mistaken for anything but a modern Kia.
Not noticeable at a glance, but the booted Rio has a different front end from the hatchback – the grille is unique and there’s a single air intake below, instead of three. Like the Rio hatch, and most hatch derived sedans today, this car has a rising shoulder line and a tall boot.
The car pictured here is in the highest possible SX trim, which includes 17-inch wheels with 205/45 tyres, fog lamps, LED daytime running and rear combinations lamps plus dual chrome tip exhaust, things that are rare in this class.
In the US, the Rio comes with a 138 hp 1.6L GDI engine paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto. An Eco Package offers Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology and an Active Eco System to boost fuel economy.
Gallery after the jump. You can view the China market K2 by clicking here. Which look do you prefer?
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