Kia’s new Rio 5-door

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Kia Canada unveiled its all new 2012 Rio 5-door sub-compact.

First unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Rio ushers in the next chapter of Kia Motors’ ongoing design-led transformation. With all-new GDI technology and increased power, the Rio also returns remarkable fuel economy of 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.

“Customers will be delighted to discover and experience all of Rio’s attributes which rise above the typical sub-compact fare,” said Robert Staffieri, director of marketing at Kia Canada Inc.

Available in five trims – LX, LX +, LX ECO, EX and EX Luxury – the 2012 Rio offers a 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder engine with a standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission.  

The new unit also offers available 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 and emissions.

Built on an original platform, the new Rio is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing version. An extended wheelbase (2,570 mm) means more passenger and cargo capacity.

Technology features include AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service and auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting with MP3 players.

Look for the Rio 5-door in Canadian showrooms in early October. Also keep your eyes peeled for a 4-door sedan version by year’s end.