2012 Kia K2 Rio-Based Sedan Launched In Shanghai
The 2012 Kia K2 B-segment sedan has been unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show. Developed in collaboration with Chinese joint venture partner, Dongfeng Yueda Kia, the K2 is based on the all-new Kia Rio, but is designed and engineered specifically—and only—for Chinese consumers.
While the platform may be the same as the Rio's, the styling is largely revamped, drawing influences from the larger K5 sedan, otherwise known as the Kia Optima. The final design is described as “dynamic, bold and sophisticated”—terms that do not overstate the attractiveness of the K2's styling.
Longer, wider and lower than the previous-generation Rio, the K2 is powered by either a 1.4-litre or a 1.6-litre petrol engines from the Gamma family. Chinese customers get to choose between manual and automatic transmissions, along with six different trim levels.
Production of the China-only K2 sedan will begin soon in June at Dongfeng Yueda Kia's manufacturing facility in Jiangsu province, with a five-door hatchback to follow in August 2011.