Kia, the automobile giant, has a number of launches in the pipeline for the 2018-19 span. In this article, let us take a look at what the company has in store for us.
The KIA Rio sedan has been redesigned for the launch in 2018. The upgrades are clearly designed to ensure that the sedan packs in ample innovation, sophistication and sportiness. On the outside, the car looks more sophisticated than its predecessors, with a longer wheelbase and a generally longer body. There is more balanced when parked, thanks to the broader and lower structure. The interior looks more modern than ever, with upgrades in the upholstery and better ergonomics. The four-door compact sedan also packs in more space on the inside, and the instrument panel has seen some upgrades. With an improved 10 horsepower 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder engine, the car is clearly aiming at being more fuel efficient, and being more responsive. Driving at low speeds will also be quite fun, thanks to the engine.
The car comes with an option of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. It is helped by the Macpherson front suspension and the torsion beam in the rear axle. The improved spring and damper system also contribute to making the car a lot more comfortable and driver friendly than its older counterparts. Overall, it’s not just going to be fuel efficient, but will definitely be a fun drive. It comes with a seating capacity of 5. Other specifications include a forward drivetrain and fuel economy of 100 km in 10 liters in both the city and the highway. It will be priced upwards of $14,795 for the base model, and go up to $23,545 for the higher end models.
The KIA Forte has not seen many changes from the major upgrades it received for its 2017 relaunch, although the few changes are going to be welcomed by the buyers. The most major changes from its last launch have been carried over for its 2018 refresh. That includes a new base engine that ensures better performance and greater than ever fuel economy, and a lot of options that ensure the driver’s convenience. The most significant addition to this year’s Forte is certainly the heated steering wheel, which will be a great benefit to the buyers in extremely cold climates.
The fuel economy is greater at 9.4 L/100 km in the city and 6.8 L/100 km in the highway. The Forte is run by the four cylinders 2.0 liter Atkinson cycle that guarantees a horsepower of 6200 rpm and a torque of 132 pound-feet. The 5 seater comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission option. There is also the option of navigation and a customizable driving mode: Normal, Sport, and Eco. The KIA Forte is priced at $15,495 for the basic model and goes up to $27,295 for the upscale models.
The KIA Soul for 2018 is going to see a major change: the six-speed manual is no longer there, thanks to low sales volumes. This means that the non turbo options will come with only the six-speed automatic transmission. Apart from this, the EX Tech trim will come with an adaptive smart cruise control option and emergency braking. The battery has been upgraded to 30 kWh, which means that the maximum range has gone up to 179 kilometers, which is a great improvement over the previous maximum range of 179 kilometers only. The EV comes with an electric propulsion system, with a high voltage 30 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery producing 109 horsepower and 210 lb ft of torque. The single speed reduction gear transmission transfers power to the front wheels only, clearly aiming for a very smooth acceleration. The gear selector has a ‘B’ setting, which is for slowing the car and increasing electricity flow in back to the battery.
The other features remain the same: the Soul still comes in seven variants, the EX, LX, EX Premium, EX+, SX Turbo, EX Tech, and SX Turbo Tech. The EX and SX will come with a 2.0 liter GDI four-cylinder, generating 164 horsepower. The Turbos come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, generating 201 horsepower. The seven-speed Dual Clutch transmission makes for a much better driving experience. The LX has a 1.6 liter DOHC four-cylinder engine pumping out 130 horsepower. The 5 seater gives a fuel economy of 7.8 L/100 km in the highway and 9.4 L/100 km in the city roads. It comes at a basic price of $19,995 which goes up to $39,895.
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The KIA Rondo is going to be available in the usual three options in 2018: LX, EX luxury, and EX. Although it is basically a five-seater, you can customize it to accommodate six to seven passengers despite the small size. The Rondos are powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, combined with a six-speed Sportmatic automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The speed will not be too high on any of the Rondos, especially if there are over five passengers on board, as is evident from the 164 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. But if you are looking for cost-effective and fuel efficient vehicles that don’t burn a hole in your pocket, you need not look any further than the Rondo.
The LX models come with value packages that don’t cost a bomb and lets you add upgrades to your car, such as heated front seats, illuminated vanity mirrors, a conversation mirror, third-row seating, heated windshield wipers, ECO capabilities, a cooling glove box, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Rondos are front wheel drive and give a fuel economy of 9.9 L/100 km in the city and 7.6 L/100 km in the highway. The cost starts at $23,195 and goes up to $32,195.