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ALL-NEW 2012 KIA RIO SEDAN MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW• Sub-Compact Sedan and Hatchback Sibling Offer Best-In-Class Horsepower and Achieve Úp to 40 Miles Per Gallon
• Rio models bring Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology to small car §egmènt
• 2012 Rio offers outstanding combination of styling, fuel economy and power rarely seen in the class
NEW YORK, April 21, 2011 - Kia Motors America (KMA) today globally unveiled the all-new 2012 Rio sub-compact sedan at the New York International Auto Show. Scheduled to join the KMA lineup this fall – along wîth its hatchback sibling unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and shown today for the first time in North America – the all-new Rio ushers in the next chapter of Kia Motors' ongoing design-led transformation wîth previously unseen levels of eye-catching design, advanced technologies and sophistication in the small car §egmènt. With all-new ISG technology and class-leading horsepower and fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon2, Rio promises consumers impressive fuel efficiency without sacrificing power or fun-to-drive performance.
'The all-new Rio brings Kia's successful combination of world-class styling, outstanding fuel economy, advanced technologies and tremendous value to the smallest and most economical vehicle in the Kia lineup,' said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. 'With gas prices rising, sub-compacts are becoming increasingly more popular and wîth more power, up to 40 miles per gallon fuel economy and stunning design, the all-new Rio sets the standard in the sub-compact class and becomes a vehicle that is not only affordable, but one that people will aspire to own.'
Class-Leading Fuel-Efficiency and HorsepowerAvailable in three trims – LX, EX and SX – the 2012 Rio is available wîth a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder wîth the option of either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. One of only two vehicles in the §egmènt to offer a GDI engine, the 2012 Rio offers consumers an elusive combination of power and impressive fuel efficiency, achieving class-leading3 138 horsepower while also maintaining a class-leading fuel economy rating of 30/40 mpg (city/highway)4. Rio also offers ISG technology, new to the Kia lineup, where the engine turns off when the vehicle is not in motion such as at a stop light or in traffic. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake pedal, resulting in lower levels of fuel consumption.
Adding further to Rio's improved performance, engineers worked to reduce engine weight by 29 pounds over the previous generation by adding an aluminum valve cover and block to the third-generation Gamma engine, while incorporating cast iron lining for increased durability.
Sleek and Streamlined Exterior
Conceived at Kia's design studios in Irvine, Calif., the all-new Rio sub-compact sedan and hatchback exhibit highly sculpted sloping shoulder lines and wedge-shaped exteriors, projecting an athletic profile that conveys power and agility while mimicking the aggressive lines found on other recently launched Kia vehicles such as the 2011 Optima and Sportage. Both Rio models sport their own interpretations of Kia's signature grille, slimmed down to connect to the dynamic headlamp design, providing a new twist on the Kia family look that includes a bigger air intake to exude a youthful persona. The Rio sedan shares the sleek skin of its hatchback sibling, only dropping the wedge line slightly toward the rear door down to the trunk.
The LX trim includes body-color door handles and side mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels wîth 185/65R15 tires, while the Rio5 also comes wîth a standard rear spoiler to improve aerodynamics. To accentuate a premium look, the side mirrors are attached to the door rather than the plastic triangle like so many others in the §egmènt. Moving to the EX trim brings additional standard conveniences, including power door locks wîth keyless entry and a standard rear wiper for the Rio5. For consumers lòòking for higher levels of sporty refinement, the SX trim offers standard 17-inch wheels wîth 205/45R17 tires, fog lamps, LED daytime running and rear combinations lamps, dual chrome tip exhaust, outside heated mirrors wîth turn signal indicators and, unique for the Rio5, projector headlamps.
Luxuriously Equipped Interior
Moving inside, the 2012 Rio envelopes driver and passengers in a bold and modern cabin, centered on Kia's characteristic horizontal three-cylinder instrument panel, two-tone for the 2012 Rio to emphasize a feeling of spaciousness and comfort. An extended wheelbase (101.2 inches) greatly enhances passenger and cargo capacity for additional comfort, offering 40 inches front headroom, 37.8 inches rear headroom, 43.3 inches front legroom and 31.1 inches rear legroom for the Rio sedan and Rio5 hatchback.
Standard on the LX trim is a driver's seat height adjuster, while moving to the EX trim includes standard power windows wîth automatic up/down on the driver's window, Bluetooth®5 wireless technology connectivity wîth §teering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for compatible mobile phones, telescoping §teering column, 60/40 split folding rear seats and leatherette door trim. The SX trim offers consumers an even more upscale look and feel wîth standard metal pedals, metal grain, a Supervision™ meter cluster, leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, maplight wîth sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors, trip computer, cruise control, ÚVO powered by Microsoft®6 in-car hands-free communication and entertainment system wîth rear camera display, and chrome-coated accents throughout.
In addition to offering a comfortable cabin, impressive technology features also come standard throughout, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system wîth SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service7 and auxiliary and ÚSB audio input jacks for connecting wîth MP3 players.
Available packaging upgrades for the Rio EX include a Convenience Package and Eco Package, while the SX level offers an available Premium Package. The Convenience Package includes 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic light control, fog lamps, leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, maplight wîth sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors, outside heated mirrors wîth turn signal indicators, trip computer, cruise control and the ÚVO powered by Microsoft® in-car hands-free communication and entertainment system wîth rear camera display8 . The Eco Package appeals to the environmentally friendly consumer wîth ISG technology and an Active Eco System for optimal fuel-efficient driving. Úpgrading the SX trim wîth the luxurious Premium Package includes a navigation system (replaces the ÚVO system), push-button start wîth Smart Key, leather seat trim, heated front seats and a moonroof to give an open, airy feeling.
All-New Advanced Platform
The 2012 Rio brings wîth it an all-new platform – longer, wider and lower than the previous generation. Its aggressive and playful stance is assisted through an overall length of 171.9 (Rio sedan) or 159.3 (Rio5) wîth a platform measuring 67.7 inches wide and 57.3 inches high. Employing high-tensile-strength steel (63 percent), Rio's lightweight design offers high torsional stiffness for improved handling, ride quality and refinement. Though a more expensive alternative, using these materials also increases crash safety capabilities while reducing overall weight. To ensure good noise vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction, the 2012 Rio was outfitted wîth hood and dash insulators as well as expandable foam in the A and C pillars and Thinsulate™ in the A and B pillars.
Built on a unibody frame, the front-wheel-drive Rio utilizes independent front and rear suspension systems. MacPherson struts, coil springs and a stabilizer bar are used in the front wîth a torsion beam axle suspension in the rear to engage drivers wîth responsive handling and provide the utmost comfort for a variety of driving situations.
|Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 138 hp
Torque: 123 ft-lbs
6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
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