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2011 Kia K2 Sedan


Kia has unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show a new sedan model based on the Rio platform. It will be called K2 and was designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market. Sales will begin this June, and it will be followed by a five-door hatchback later in August.

Speaking at the Kia press conference at the Shanghai Motor Show, Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman of Kia Motors, said, "We are confident that this all-new model for China will provide the momentum needed for Kia not only to remain as one of China’s fastest growing automotive brands but also to become a top 10 automaker in the local market in terms of quality and customer satisfaction."

The new K2 sedan takes its inspiration from the popular K5 sedan, or Optima as you might know it, including sophisticated lines that create a dynamic, bold and sophisticated exterior appearance. The Chinese customers will have to choose between a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter Gamma petrol engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Kia K2 sedan.

Exterior and Interior

The new Kia K2 sedan will measure 4,370 mm in overall length, 1,700 mm in width, and 1,460 mm in height. Up front, the K2 will feature Kia’s signature "tiger nose" radiator grille and innovative fog lamp design, large air intake, and dynamic swept back headlamps. The car’s design language will be continued by powerful side air vents and trunk edge lines, a two-tone bumper, and modern combination lamps.

The interior will be driver-oriented and will combine a 3-cylinder supervision instrument cluster, cloth lined door panels, leather steering wheel, engine start-stop button, and smart key.

Engine

The new K2 will be offered in six trim levels with either a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter Gamma petrol engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission. Kia hasn’t revealed any specifications just yet, but we expect to see an output ranging from 100 to 150 HP.

Kia K2 Sedan

Prices

Prices for the all new Kia K2 will be revealed closer to the car’s official market launch in June.

Competition

When it comes to the K2, the first competitor that should be considered is the Hyundai Accent . This model is offered with a 1.6-liter DOHC in-line four cylinder engine that delivers 110 hp at 6,000 rpm and torque is 106 lb.-ft. at 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a manual transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 27 mpg City and 36 mpg Highway.

On the Chinese market, the K2 will also have to take on local models, like the Toyota Vios, a model that is powered by a four-cylinder engine with an output of 107HP.

LOVE IT
  • Impressive front design
  • Six trim levels to choose from
  • Both manual and automatic
LEAVE IT
  • No diesel
  • Don’t know enough about it yet


16 comments:

I love the impressive front design of this K2 Sedan even with the over all platforms of this sedan car. It is really a good-looking car on its color. I’m so excited for this one, very interesting.

This one is the most impressive and awesome sedan that I saw! The color is really cool even the front design. I simply love this sedan.

I’m so impressed with this Kia Sedan it looks very elegant and sophisticated on that. Moreover, I noticed that it also has a futuristic touch which only adds more appeal on it.

This K2 sedan is truly looks so classy and elegant because of its sleek body paint, and it is already looking great on that. Furthermore, I’m too disappointed on its poor engine specification.

This K2 Sedan had a futuristic touch on its exterior appearance, and I have to say that it is already looking so great and fabulous at its sleek body paint, and it gives the classy and sophisticated look on it.

Amazingly impressive design took so dynamic and high-end car prior to its exterior and hatchback. Moreover creating a sophisticated appearance to it. Very outstanding.

I’m agreed that it really had an impressive front and fog lamp and really looks good on its color, but I don’t think that it had a powerful and remarkable engine.

I love its innovative fog lamp and its dynamic swept back headlamps and I must agreed with them that the front of this K2 Sedan is really impressvie and awesome!

It is the most awesome car that I saw here in kia! K2 Sedan is really cool especially with the platform design and the wheels of it! I am looking forward for other update news of it.

I love the impressive front design of this K2 Sedan even with the over all platform of this sedan car. It is really a good looking car on its color. I’m so excited for this one, very interesting.

This one is the most impressive and awesome sedan that I saw! The color is really cool even the front design. I simply love this sedan.

I must agree on you guys! If I’m going to compare it with its competitor which is Hyundai Accent, sure there will be a tough decision if were going to base on the exterior design but when it comes in interior and engine, Accent will still stood out for me.

Hmm, the whole exterior is OK, except that it actually looks similar to a lot of other sedans out in the market today. I hope they could work on that one a bit more.

Well, let’s just hope that its good exterior would be selling factor though I think that when it comes to engine there are better option in the market.

I have to agree that this car has an aggressive front though I have a doubt on the reliability of this car.

Well, it seems that the Chinese are really getting a lot of interesting models for their market these days. Hope that a lot of these new concept cars would make it into the production line.

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