2012 kia rioThe 2012 Kia Rio 5-door at the silhouette is coming to European big step. Completely revised and redesigned, this new version has a style much more dynamic compared to the previous model forms. For its part, the interior is a little more generous, the presentation goes to a higher level and the materials used are of an invoice raised.



Under the hood we find a completely new engine called GDI 1.6-liter that delivers a power of 138 horses, the most noted in its class. Boxes and manual six-speed automatic are available. According to the manufacturer, the car has a fuel consumption of just 4.9 L/100 km highway and 6.6 L/100 km city.

This new generation of subcompact offers a practical, technology and efficiency in a model design unmatched

  • The 2012 Rio 5-door passes to the technological forefront with the direct injection (GDI) and the system shutdown and startup at idle (ISG).
  • The 2012 Rio offers an unmatched combination of style, fuel economy and power in its class.

Seattle, September 29, 2011 – Today, Kia Canada celebrated the official launch of the all-new subcompact Rio 5-door 2012. Unveiled at the auto show in Geneva, the new Rio opens a new chapter in the continuing transformation of Kia driven design by providing catch-l’oeil lines, advanced technology and sophistication never before seen in the small car. With the new GDI and increased power, the Rio also makes a superb fuel economy, consuming only 4.9 L/100 km on the highway. It promises to consumers and impressive efficiency energy efficient without sacrificing power or driving pleasure.

“The all-new Rio is designed to provide an original blend of design category overall safety, quality and technology together in a fuel-efficient and convenient,” said Robert Staffieri, director of marketing at Kia Canada Inc.. “Customers will be amazed to discover and to experience all the attributes of the Rio that far surpasses the supply in the typical subcompact. “

Available in five versions – LX, LX +, ECO LX, EX and EX Luxury – The Rio 2012 has a 1.6-liter GDI engine four-cylinder with manual six-speed automatic transmission and standard six-speed in option. The Rio 2012 offers consumers the rare combination of power and impressive energy efficiency, developing a class-leading power of 138 HP while maintaining a fuel consumption of as little as 6.6 L/100 km city and 4.9 L/100 km on the highway. The Rio also offers the optional monitoring system (ISG), new to Kia. The ISG temporarily cut the engine when the vehicle is stationary, like a traffic light or in traffic. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake pedal, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This technology is currently not on any other model in this sector.

Designed in the studios of Kia in Irvine, Calif., the all-new subcompact Rio displays lines drooping shoulder sculpted exterior lines and angled projecting an athletic stance that invites power and agility while imitating the aggressive lines that ‘found on other recent vehicles marketed by Kia Optima as the Sportage and 2011. The Rio suggests his own interpretation of the signature grille Kia, thinning to combine the dynamic forms of lights, presenting a new version of the Kia line including a larger air intake to give a look of youth.

The LX offers door handles and body-colored outside mirrors, 185/65R15 tires mounted on steel rims of 15 inches and a rear spoiler that not only embellished the sporty lines of the new Rio but also improves the aerodynamics. To accentuate this winning pace, the mirrors are mounted on the door rather than a plastic triangle like so many others in the sector. As standard, we find the power windows, a height adjuster for driver’s seat, reading lamps, illuminated vanity mirrors, center console with armrest and a rear seat with folding backrest 60/40.

Skip to LX + entitles air conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control, keyless entry, fog lights and Bluetooth ® hands-free phone with voice activation controls on steering wheel, allowing hands-free a compatible cell. The LX adds ECO alloy wheels of 15 inches and the ISG system, which will attract people aware of the environment. In addition, the 2012 Rio equipped with automatic transmission are also equipped with Active Eco System, a feature enabled by the driver and provides an optimal energy-efficient driving.

The EX version includes, as standard, alloy wheels of 16 inches, a sunroof and electric folding mirrors with electric drive and integrated traffic lights. Consumers in search of sport refinements will want to opt for the EX with Luxury as standard 205/45R17 tires mounted on 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, larger front brakes and two exhaust tips. In addition, the EX offers an even more upscale with the steering wheel and shift knob Leather wrapped shift plus a dash to the finish and soft leatherette door trim.

Opting for the EX with UVO gives a hands-free infotainment system with Microsoft ® UVO screen rear camera and automatic headlights.

Finally, the EX Luxury reward the buyer with two-tone leather seats, heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, windshield wipers with rain sensor, start push button, an Intelligent Key, alloy pedals , LED taillights, and LED lights, instrument cluster and a glass SupervisionMC solar UV.

The 2012 Rio envelops the driver and passengers in a modern and elegant interior centered on the instrument panel with three horizontal cylinders, Kia feature, enhancing the feeling of space and comfort. The longer wheelbase (2570 mm) greatly enhances the passenger and baggage, ensuring comfort with a headroom of 1 015 mm front, a rear headroom of 960 mm, a legroom before 1 112 mm and rear legroom of 790 mm.

In addition to providing a comfortable cabin, impressive technological features of the Rio include a chain AM/FM/CD/MP3/radio SIRIUS ® satellite with three months free subscription as well as auxiliary and USB drives to use MP3.

The Rio 5-door 2012 comes with a brand new platform longer, wider and lower than the previous generation. His stature and aggressive nose up is enhanced by an overall length of 4045 mm on a platform 1720 mm wide and 1455 mm high. Using a steel with high tensile strength, the Rio Light offers great torsional rigidity for improved handling, ride and refinement. Although they represent a more expensive alternative, these materials increase the safety in case of accidents while reducing weight in general. And to ensure a higher level of soundproofing, the 2012 Rio has insulation under the hood and the dashboard in addition to expanding foam in the pillars A and C.

Unibody chassis built on the Rio front-wheel drive uses MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bars front and rear suspension with a torsion beam axle to provide responsive handling and more high level of comfort, whatever the driving conditions.

The Rio 2012 offers a high level of safety features like other Kia models. The steel of high resistance of the Rio includes an innovative design in halo that helps protect occupants during certain side impacts and rollovers. Other safety features include six airbags (two advanced airbags in front, air bags mounted on the side of the front seats and full length curtain airbags), Side impact beams in doors , seat belt pre-tensioners and height adjustable, seat belts at all three positions and an attachment system for child seats (LATCH). And all versions of the Rio offer, standard, increased safety for the driver and passengers with electronic stability control (ESC), disc brakes with four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), aid Hill-start (HAC) and the system stability management (VSM) which coordinates the ESC and ABS to help the driver maintain vehicle control.

The Rio 5-door 2012 Kia will be in the showrooms of dealers nationwide in early October and less than 4-door sedan will make its debut towards the end of the year.

Like all Kia models in Canada, the 2012 Rio is covered by Kia’s comprehensive guarantee which offers consumers unparalleled protection. The program includes a 5 year/100, 000 km powertrain, a basic warranty Limited 5 years/100 000 km and an anti-perforation warranty 5 year / unlimited mileage. Roadside Assistance for 5 years/100, 000 km is also part of Kia’s global coverage.

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