China’s Chengdu Motor Show has been rather full with new announcements of important foreign automakers. It’s true that – obviously – most of them were related to China-only models, but we’re now seeing a key rise in importance of Chinese auto shows.
The latest model reserved only to the world’s largest auto market comes from South Korea’s Kia – the new K4 sedan. The car will be manufactured by the Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture and the South Korean carmaker has no known plans of marketing the sedan outside the Chinese boundaries.
The model also marks a very swift introduction of the production version – it was revealed to the world just five months ago during the Beijing auto show in concept form. The process was hastened by the K4’s sourcing of technology from the Hyundai Mistra. The sedan is 4.72 meters long and the wheelbase reaches 2.7 meters, allowing for increased back seat space.
The model is targeted by the company towards family-oriented clients in their 30s and 40s, with a price ranging from 140,000 yuan (22,500 USD) to 180,000 yuan (29,000 USD). The K4 sedan is powered by a choice of two gasoline engines: a 1.8 that delivers 146 bhp (109 kW) and 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) and a 2.0 churning 162 bhp (121 kW) and 194 Nm (143 lb-ft). Sometimes after the market launch the Korean automaker will also offer a 175 bhp (130 kW) 1.6 turbo to the line-up.