China Gets Rio Based K2 Model from Kia

With the all-new Kia Rio set to arrive in Europe later this summer, the South-Korean automaker today took the wraps off the K2 B-segment sedan today at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market, the Rio-Based K2 model is set to enter production in June 2011, with a 5-door hatchback version to follow in August.

The vehicle draws styling cues from the popular K5 sedan (known as ‘all-new Optima’ in many markets). Kia’s signature “tiger nose” radiator grille, an innovative fog lamp design, large air intake and dynamic swept back headlamps, are featured. A side character line, side air vent and trunk edge line add to the sporty image of the K2 while the rear view features a two-tone bumper and modern combination lamps.

Interior highlights include a 3-cylinder supervision instrument cluster, cloth lined door panels, leather steering wheel, engine start-stop button and smart key.

Measuring 4,370 mm / 172 inch (overall length) by 1,700 mm / 67 inch (overall width) by 1,460 mm / 58 inch (overall height), the K2 is longer, wider and lower than the previous generation Rio and boasts the longest wheelbase (2,570 mm / 101 inch) in its class. The expanded dimensions allow K2 to claim best-in-class interior space and ample luggage capacity of 500 litres (VDA). Space utilization is further enhanced thanks to the 60:40 split rear seat.

“We are confident that this all-new model for China will provide the momentum needed for Kia not only to remain as one of China’s fastest growing automotive brands but also to become a top 10 automaker in the local market in terms of quality and customer satisfaction,” Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman of Kia Motors, said at the launch.

The K2 will come in six trim levels with either a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter Gamma petrol engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission.
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