Kia announces 2012 Rio 5-door

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Korean carmaker Kia is getting off to a roaring start for the 2012 model year, and in addition to introducing an updated version of its Soul compact hatchback the company recently announced a all-new Rio 5-door model for 2012.

The 2012 Kia Rio is powered by a 1.6-litre direct-injection 4-cylinder engine that develops 138 horsepower. The engine is mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission or available 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 6.6 litres/100 km in the city and 4.9 litres/100 km on the highway.

For 2012, the Rio can be equipped with Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology which aids in reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. ISG works by shutting off the Rio's engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, restarting it as soon as the brake pedal is released.

Five trim levels available for the 2012 Rio 5-door. They include LX, LX +, LX ECO, EX and EX Luxury.
LX trim includes body-coloured door handles and side mirrors, 15-inch steel wheels and a standard rear spoiler. LX+ offers air conditioning, heated front seats, keyless entry, cruise control, fog lights and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. Rios specified with the economy-focused LX ECO trim level feature 15-inch alloy wheels and ISG technology.
A move up to EX trim adds a power sunroof, electrically-foldable outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, EX models feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob as well as leatherette door trim. There's also an available Microsoft-based hands-free infotainment system with rear camera display.

In top-of-the-line EX Luxury trim the 2012 Rio comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, bigger front brakes, a twin-tip exhaust and LED taillights. The interior is garnished with two-tone leather seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, alloy pedals and pushbutton start.

On all trim levels, the 2012 Kia Rio 5-door comes standard with an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system and auxiliary and USB audio input jacks.  

Safety equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability control, four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability management and hill-start assist control.

"The all-new Rio was engineered to offer an unparalleled blend of world-class design, safety, quality and technology in a fuel efficient and practical package" said Robert Staffieri, Director of Marketing at Kia Canada Inc. "Customers will be delighted to discover and experience all of Rio's attributes which rise above the typical sub-compact fare."
The 2012 Kia Rio 5-door will be available in Canada this month and will be joined by a 4-door sedan variant by the end of the year.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Kia, 2012, Rio,

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