What is it? Kia showed redesigned versions of its Rio subcompact at the New York auto show in sedan and hatchback variants, both with four doors.
Kia claims the new Rio will offer fuel economy of 40-mpg on the highway when the new models arrive in showrooms this fall, thanks to direct fuel injection, engine shut off at stoplights, a lighter engine, and other tweaks.
Three trim levels will be offered, all powered by a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Buyers can choose from six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Riding on a new, longer platform than the outgoing Rio, the new model offers increased room inside for both front and rear passengers. Uplevel models will offer luxury features including heated mirrors and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Safety features include standard electronic stability control and six air bags. The Rio will also come with Kia’s 10-year, 100,000-mile limited warranty.
What’s new or notable? Kia joins other manufacturers in offering features like stop-start technology and a lower-weight powertrain, all aimed at squeezing out any additional improvement in fuel economy.
When will it be available? Fall 2011