The practicality doesn’t end here, with the facelift for the Optima offering sliding rails and built-in harnesses for greater versatility on your shopping spree. The refreshed design, both inside and out, is complemented by the all-new turbo diesel engine called U3 and the addition of the 1.6 T-GDi turbo four-cylinder powerplant.
In the case of the 1.6-liter CRDi, you’re looking at 136 PS and 320 Nm of torque, coupled with Selective Catalytic Reduction for the engine to meet the strict limits laid down by the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. The gasoline-fed 1.6, on the other hand, has 180 PS and comes with shift paddles for the double-clutch gearbox.
Arriving in showrooms this spring, the Rio GT-Line ticks all the right boxes for those in the market for a sporty-looking hatchback. The gloss-black and chrome detailing, 17-inch alloy wheels and ice-cube LED fog lamps, twin exhaust tips and black roof spoiler, just about everything is designed to make the Rio look fast.
The thing is, the GT-Line tops with the 1.0-liter T-GDi, a three-cylinder turbo with 120 PS and 171 Nm of torque. There’s a case to be made for a sense of urgency from the engine, with peak torque delivered from as low as 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. But at the end of the day, full-on hot hatchbacks in this segment have crossed the 200-horsepower mark. Come on, Kia, give us that sizzling hot Rio already!