Kia's Chinese K2 model shares its underpinnings with the Kia Rio and is expected to sell well
19 April 2011

Kia has unveiled its new Rio-based model - the Kia K2 saloon – at the Shanghai motor show.

Specifically designed for China, the K2 shares the same underpinnings as the Kia Rio and takes its styling cues from the K5 saloon, with the signature “tiger nose” radiator grille.

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On the inside, the K2 gets a futuristic interior and features a leather steering wheel, start-stop system and “smart key.”

Powering the K2 is either a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre petrol engine and six trim levels will be offered with the car.

At 4370mm in length, 1700mm wide and 1460mm high, the K2 is bigger than the previous-gen Rio.

The new model will be positioned as a premium small car and is expected to be a "highly competitive offering in a segment that accounts for 16 per cent of all new car sales in China."

From August, the company will begin production of five-door hatchback version of the K2.

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