Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kia Rio 3-door debuts in Frankfurt

Kia unveils its all-new 3-door 2012 Rio hatchback at Frankfurt Auto Show!

Already available as a five-door hatch and a four-door sedan, the 2012 Kia Rio expands its range by additional 3-door model.

According to Kia, the 3-door Rio retains the same key exterior dimensions as the 5-door Rio. The 3-door model also adopts the same powertrain technology, meaning the model is available with a wide range of highly efficient three- and four-cylinder engines - with horsepower ratings from 75 hp to 109 hp.

Mated to the engines can be either a six-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission, says Kia. Strangely, the carmaker does not offer the six-speed automatic in Europe, although it is available in the new Rio in USA.

The most interesting of all Rios for us is the one with 1.1L diesel engine. Why? Because it is powered with the same engine that will soon appear in new Hyundai cars.

The 1.1L CRDI unit has impressive horsepower rating for its size (75 horsepower)! Even more impressive is its low fuel consumption of just 3.2 litres per 100 km (88.2 mpg) and record-breaking CO2 rating of just 85 g/km! The lowest CO2 rating among gasoline-powered cars!

When will the same fuel-sipping engine be available in a Hyundai car? We do not know for sure, but it will probably be introduced in a facelifted Hyundai i20, which is scheduled to debut early next year.

First Hyundai i20 prototypes have already been spied testing in the wild. Stay tuned for more news from Frankfurt Auto Show! Find more about 2012 Kia Rio 3 door

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