Kia Rio hatchback teased for Malaysian debut image

The South Korean based automaker Kia is getting ready to launch the five-door hatchback version of the Rio to Malaysia.

Even if the five-door hatchback version of the Kia Rio has been teased recently, no official details on the model are being known for the moment but rumors are saying that it should hit the Malaysian showrooms in the first half of 2013. The model is expected to get a 1.4 liter engine under its hood, mated to an automatic transmission. Additional details on the Kia Rio hatchback for Malaysia are limited for the moment and will be announced close to the model’s launch.

As a quick reminder, the Kia Rio has already been launched in several markets across the Old Continent, Russia and even North America and the model is coming mostly with a 1.4 liter or a 1.6 liter petrol engine, mated to either a manual or an automatic transmission. Prices for the 2013 Kia Rio five-door SX, equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, start at 18,650 USD in the United States, including the destination charge, while the base version of the Rio LX can be bought there from 14,550 USD, shipping included.