Kia Motors unveils all-new K2 compact sedan in ChinaMadeinkoreablog
Kia Motors officially unveiled its all-new K2 compact sedan in China Tuesday.
The K2 sedan is a model specialized for China that has been fully refurbished in five years to meet various demands of young Chinese motorists in their 20s and 30s.
A total of 774,027 cars have been sold since its debut in 2011 in China. The figure dubbed it as the best selling model for Dongfeng Yueda Kia, a joint Chinese venture between Kia Motors and China’s Dongfeng Motor, since it started sales operation in 2002.
“With the best quality in its segment, we are confident the new K2 will once again set new records in the Chinese market,” Kim Gyeon, head of Dongfeng Yueda Kia, said during an introduction ceremony for the new K2 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, Tuesday.
“The all-new K2 will spearhead our sales operation in the world’s most competitive Chinese auto market next year.”
The new K2 mounts two types of engine trims ― a 1.4-liter gasoline-powered Kappa engine that produces maximum 100 horsepower and a 1.6-liter gasoline-powered Kappa engine with a maximum of 123 horsepower. Both engines come with six-speed automatic and manual transmissions.
Kia Motors said in a press release that the model also features various convenience and infotainment systems compatible with Apple’s CarPlay and Baidu’s Carlife.
The model’s front face applies signature Kia design with a sporty bumper while the rear end features a “bridge” connecting the tail lamps at the top end to suggest a distinctive look.
In a bid to meet Chinese consumers’ demand for large interior space, the new K2 sedan has been extended 22 millimeters in length and 30 millimeters in wheelbase to have 4,400 millimeters in length, 1,740 millimeters in width, 1,460 millimeters in height and 2,600 millimeters in wheelbase.
The new K2 sedan also features the Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for 41 percent of its entire body, 10 percent lighter but at least twice as strong as conventional steel to improve its drive performance and safety in the case of accidents.