January 22, 2013
Launching in Malaysia on 30th of January, the Rio will be equipped with a 1.4 litres MPI Gamma engine which produces 109PS and 136Nm of torque, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. For a B-segment car, the Rio is considered as large with a wheelbase of 2570mm and a boot space of 288 litres. It's also 1720mm wide, 4045mm long and 1455mm tall.
The Kia Rio will be available in two variants - EX and SX. Both will receive daytime LED running lights, tilt/telescopic steering column, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth, aluminium pedals, ISOFix, six airbags and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) as standard. The more expensive SX will get front fog lights, sunroof, Smart Key with push start button, 'Supervision cluster' instrument panel and auto air-con with ionizer.
Kia Rio is a very well equipped car and will be competitive if the pricing is right. Hopefully the pricing will falls around RM70k for the EX to make it more affordable to first time car buyer.
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