The South Korean automaker first revealed the fourth-generation Rio supermini late last year during the Paris Motor Show and now the subcompact is arriving in US-specification, complete with the previously unseen sedan body style.
We’ve actually seen the sedan – just not wearing the Rio moniker – because Kia showcased the model at home in South Korea towards the end of 2016 under is local name K2. Anyways, the hatchback and sedan both come with a livelier exterior design and a thoroughly enhanced interior that also boasts the newest technology available in the segment. The sedan itself, the main novelty here, is longer by 0.6 inches (now at 172.6 inches) and the wheelbase has also been stretched by 0.4 to 101.6 inches to enable a more spacious cabin, especially in the back.
Thanks to the changes, the new generation Rio sedan brings a passenger space of 89.9 cubic feet – and those sitting in the front have more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room than before. The 2018 Rio Sedan also boasts a trunk that can engulf up to 13.7 cu. ft. of luggage. The new Rio will be available in the US in three trims (LX, S, EX), all offered with the same engine – four-cylinder, 1.6-liter GDI. It boasts 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, linked to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.