Kia and Chinese partner Dongfeng Yueda Kia have unveiled the Kia K2 B-segment saloon at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, heralding the all-new Kia Rio, arriving late summer in Europe.
The Kia K2 is based on the platform of the Kia Rio and designed engineered specifically for the Chinese market and enters production at Dongfeng Yueda Kia's manufacturing facility in Jiangsu province in June 2011. A 5-door hatchback version of the Kia K2 will start production in August 2011.
Speaking at the Kia press conference at the Shanghai Motor Show, Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman of Kia Motors, said, “We are confident that this all-new model for China will provide the momentum needed for Kia not only to remain as one of China’s fastest growing automotive brands but also to become a top 10 automaker in the local market in terms of quality and customer satisfaction.”
Whilst the Kia K2 features the same underpinnings as the Kia Rio, it has been completely redesigned for the Chinese market with design cues from the Kia K5 (known as the Kia Optima in Europe).
The front features kia's "tiger nose" radiator grille with fog lamps, large air intake and swept back headlamps, whilst the rear view features a two-tone bumper and combination lamps.
The interior features a 3-cylinder supervision instrument cluster, cloth lined foor panels, leather steering wheel, engine start-stop button and smart key.
The overall length measures 4370mm and a width of 1700mm with an overall height of 14660mm. The increased dimensions allow the Kia K2 to claim best-in-class interior space and a luggage capacity of 500 litres (VDA).
The Kia K2 will be available to Chinese customers in six trim levels with either a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission.Published 19 April 2011