Published on November 28th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
2018 Kia Rio Sedan previewed in China
Kia introduced the all-new 4th generation Rio supermini at the Paris Motor Show recently and now the Rio hatchback is being joined by the 4-door sedan just launched in China as a K2. The 2018 Rio Sedan called the K2 in China shows features that could see Malaysia showroom launch.
This Rio sedan boasts an increased footprint. It now stretches at 4400 mm in length, 1740 mm in width, and with a 1460-mm height. The outgoing Rio Sedan was 4365-mm long, 1720-mm wide, and 1455-mm tall.
This China version K2 will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.4-liter petrol unit with 100 horsepower and by a larger 1.6-liter rated at 123 horsepower. The former will be mated to either a standard 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic whereas the latter is going to be auto-only. It seems the K2 will not be getting the Rio’s turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter unit bound to be offered in Europe in 100 horsepower and 120 horsepower versions.
Expect the European-spec Rio Sedan to debut sometime next year, while the Malaysian variant will likely be launched in the second half of the year.