The Kia K2 revealed in leaked and spyshot photos yesterday has been officially unveiled in Shanghai. Based on the all-new Rio platform, the B-segment sedan is designed and engineered by Kia and its Chinese JV Dongfeng Yueda Kia specifically for the Chinese market, and will begin production at DYK’s manufacturing facility in Jiangsu in June.

The K2, which measures in at 4,370 mm long, 1,700 mm wide and 1,460 mm tall (with a 2,570mm wheelbase), is being positioned as a premium small car with advanced styling and upgraded levels of quality and performance. A five-door hatchback version is set to join the party sometime in August.

Though sharing the same technical underpinnings as the all-new Rio, the K2 has been completely redesigned for the Chinese market, drawing on styling cues from the popular K5 sedan (the new Optima) – it has definitely borrowed a fair bit element-wise from the latter, if rescaled.

Design elements include a front featuring Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, a large air intake, dynamic swept-back headlamps and an interesting fog lamp design, for starters. A side character line, side air vent and trunk edge line beef things further, and the rear features a two-tone bumper and modern combination lamps.

The driver-focused interior features, among other things a three-cylinder supervision instrument cluster, cloth lined door panels, 60:40 split rear folding seats, leather steering wheel and TGS knob, as well as push-button engine start, replete with smart key. Kia says the K2 has a best-in-class interior space, and the car offers 500 litres of boot space.

For the market, the K2 will be available in six trim levels across two engine variants, these being the 106 hp 1.4 litre or 120 hp 1.6 litre Gamma petrol units, mated to either a manual or automatic transmission.

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