2018 Kia Rio Sedan previewed in China |

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Published on November 28th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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2018 Kia Rio Sedan previewed in China

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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