Kia Rio will compete with the Ford Fiesta ST

March 20, 2016 at 20:31

Kia brand is going to present “charged” version of subcompact hatchback Rio, which would be able to compete with models Ford Fiesta ST or Polo GTI. New “hot” modification, which will likely be called GT, will appear in the range of the South Korean brand with the release of next-generation of Rio model. “Charged” Rio will get a certain competitive advantage due to improved lightweight platform which will be put in the base of the new generation of hatchback.

2016 Hot Kia Rio hatchback pic

2016 Hot Kia Rio hatchback pic

According to the newspaper «Autocar», Kia Rio GT will be equipped with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the volume of 1.6 liters, which generates about 180 horsepower. For comparison, Fiesta ST uses the same engine, but with an output 197 horsepower and the Polo GTI is equipped with a 189-horsepower unit with the volume of 1.8 liters.

2016 Charged Kia Rio image

2016 Charged Kia Rio image

The debut of the new generation Kia Rio is expected next year. This means that if the rumors about plans concerning the production of subcompact hot hatch will be truthful, so we should wait another year or two for the arrival of the “charged” model with the GT index.

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