After the inauguration of his counterpart five-door hatchback in Geneva last month, Kia has pulled the covers of the 2012 Kia Rio sedan.
In the U.S. market, the new Rio sedan is offered in LX and upscale EX trim levels SX, but the names probably reflect the Australian site variant S, and Si emblems SLI.
Power to the models in the U.S. come from a gasoline direct-injection 100kW 1.6-liter four-cylinder, although the engines range from a 51kW diesel engine kW liter three-cylinder 1.1-80 1.4 liter of gasoline four cylinders were scheduled to international models.
Paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, Kia says that the petrol engine of 1.6 liters will return to the city, leading figures of 7.8 l/100 km and 5.8 l/100 km on the road .
In a first for Kia, the Rio is also equipped with ISG (idle stop and go) technology to turn off the engine when the vehicle is in motion.
The 2012 Rio sedan is larger than the model it will replace soon. Its wheelbase is 70 mm longer, and measures 4,366 mm in the body as a whole.
It is also 25 mm wider, offering more interior space, 45 mm more legroom in the front.
Standard safety features across the range include belts Rio range of three points, electronic stability control, four-wheel ABS, hill start assist management and vehicle stability.
While the sedan is expected to join the hatch when it launches in Australia later this year, local specifications will be revealed closer to launch.