During the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Kia revealed the sportier looking fourth-generation Rio. It bears Kia's new design language along with a plethora of new technologies like LED lighting, Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay compatibility and a host of new turbocharged engines. Soon, it will be joined by the all-new Rio Sedan which has yet to be revealed.
Folks in China, however, will get their hands on the new-generation sedan early in the form of the 2018 K2. Essentially a China-spec Rio Sedan, the all-new K2 gets styling cues from the recently launched hatchback while still incoporating distinct themes and cabin design.
Starting off with the front fascia, the 2018 K2 gets a new set of headlights, along with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) integrated with the foglights. Differentiating it however from the 2017 Rio is the bigger 'tiger-nose' grill. The new-generation hatchback dons a slimmer, more conservative front grill.
Towards the rear, the K2 gets the Rio's new set of quarter-flanking taillights. Also, the K2's rear bears an uncanny resemblance with the 2017 Cadenza thanks to the duckbill spoiler and sleeker trunk design.
In terms of size, the 2018 K2 measures 4,400mm long, 1,740mm wide and 1,460mm tall. Compared to the previous Rio, the new K2 is 35mm longer, 20mm wider and 5mm taller.
Inside, the K2 also gets similar interior styling from the new Rio. Differences between the China-spec model and the new Rio include the touchscreen infotainment system, aircon vent design and instrument panel. Nonetheless, this could mean that the new Rio Sedan may have a slightly different cabin than the hatchback model. No other details about the K2's interior were specified.
Over to engines, the China-only K2 will be available with naturally-aspirated engines. The 1.4-liter inline-four produces 100 PS while the bigger 1.6-liter mill puts out 123 PS. The former can be equipped with either a 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed automatic. The latter, on the other hand, will only be available with the automatic transmission.