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KATHMANDU: After garnering a huge success in the Nepali automobile market, Kia is gearing up to reintroduce its popular model — Rio, both in premium hatchback and sedan segment. Continental Associates Pvt Ltd, the authorised distributor of Kia Motors in Nepal is all set to launch the all-new Rio by the end of June.
“We are much excited about the launch of the all-new Rio after a long gap,” said Sandip Chachan, executive director of Continental Associates. “We are optimistic as these models are superior to the previous ones,” he said, adding that the previous model had already garnered a huge success in the domestic market. “The cars have acquired fluidic sculpture design and hence looks sporty,” he said, adding that the vehicles have equally powerful engines. According to him, the close competitors of the premium hatchback are Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo, and Toyota Yaris while that of mid-size sedan is Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Vento. The price of the cars ranges from Rs 2.99 million to Rs 3.8 million.
Both the cars are equipped with the new generation GAMMA 1.4 MPI petrol engine and all aluminum construction along with advanced transmission feature smart fuel-saving technologies. Automatic transmission is available for smooth shifting with outstanding fuel economy.
The company claims that its premium features and advanced technologies are going to raise the bar in respective segments. Paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, performance
figures for the new Rio get up to maximum power of 107 PS at 6,300 rpm and peak torque of 135 Nm at 4,200 rpm. Fuel consumption is also further reduced by the car’s aero-dynamics, which have been wind-tunnel tested and tuned for minimum resistance and noise.
The exterior of these cars impart an urban European character with flowing, dynamic lines and a distinctive presence to satisfy the sophisticated car connoisseurs. Moreover, low roofline and shorter overhangs provides a sleeker and sportier profile to the cars. Similarly, the interior of the cars are appealing both in touch and sight for a more emotional driving experience. European design, bigger cabin and use of soft-touch plastics that add premium look and feel to them.
The all-new Rio gives a new definition to superior comfort and convenience. More entertainment options and vastly improved connectivity for all types of personal electronic devices including Bluetooth support. Improved air conditioning, heating and cabin-air treatment technologies give a new meaning to convenience.
Both the hatchback and sedan share the same width, height, wheelbase, and ground clearance, which measures 1,720 mm, 1,455 mm, 2,570 mm and 140 mm respectively. However, the overall length of the cars varies — 4,045 mm (hatchback) and 4,365 mm (sedan).
The Kia Rio comes with an abundance of storage space cleverly located throughout the car; glove box, centre console trays, door panels. If that doesn’t do it, larger items will easily fit in the boot or drop your 60:40 split folding rear seats for even more space. There is also an exciting Arkamys audio system, which has been specifically acoustically tuned for the Kia Rio; USB, AUX and iPod connectivity are all available.
The usual list of electronic aids make their way into the Kia Rio (electronic stability control, traction control, brake assist, anti-lock brake system), but one stands out; the electronic brake force distribution. With information delivered to the ECU from sensors around the car, the EBD-
ABS system modifies brake force distribution based on the weight inside the vehicle, improving steering capabilities during sudden braking situations. Moreover, electronic stability control applies brakes to individual wheel, which gives improved vehicle control. The motor drive steering saves fuel by up to three per cent.