The Rio sedan is among Kia’s most popular models and now there’s an all-new iteration out for the Chinese market. The vehicle is scheduled to hit the showrooms in China on November 7.
Looking rather different compared to the all-new Euro-spec Rio hatch shown earlier this year, this sedan model has been designed specifically for China. For other markets, Kia will have a slightly different front-end for the Rio sedan.
Coming back to the China-spec model, there will two engine options to pick from. Firstly, there’s the 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that produces 99bhp at 6,300rpm and 132Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and secondly, there’s the more powerful 122bhp 1.6-litre unit. While the 1.4 can be had with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, the 1.6-litre is paired only to the 6-speed auto.
The 2017 Kia Rio sedan will officially go on sale in China later this year and compete against the Volkswagen Polo sedan.