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Naza Kia introduces Rio Sedan X

Aswan March 24, 2016 19:06

As far as specifications go, the Rio has only been available here in a bare-bones form, with none of the bells and whistles that are becoming more common on cars in its class. Bringing in the Rio Sedan was a good move for Naza Kia, especially with our market having inherent preference for sedans over hatchbacks- but the lack of equipment remained a constant thread.

Naza Kia aims to fix this with the introduction of the Rio Sedan X. Exterior changes are mostly of the body kit variety, with the addition of a front skirt, rear skirt, and side skirt. A subtle boot spoiler has also been installed for slightly sportier look.

Powertrain options are the same with the Rio Sedan X: you get the same 1.4-litre Gamma engine, with 109 PS and 137 Nm of torque, paired with a conventional 4-speed automatic. Active and passive safety systems are maintained here as well, with 6-airbags and VSM (vehicle stability management) as standard, among your usual acronyms.

Perhaps the most important feature for the Rio Sedan X is the new infotainment system. Far more advanced than the standard monochromatic double-din in the regular Rios, this unit has Android and iOS functionality, and comes packaged with a 7-inch touch screen. The mirror link system also allows the head unit to display apps from a driver’s phone on the screen. In addition to the standard radio and media playback functions, the unit also connects to the reverse camera.

Priced at RM 77,888, the Rio Sedan X is an RM 5,000 premium over the standard Rio Sedan. For a few aesthetic changes and a much better entertainment system, it’s not necessarily a huge price to pay. It comes with a 5-year warranty that has no mileage limit. The Rio Sedan X will be on display at 1 Utama Shopping Centre until the 27th of March. 

About Aswan

Places more value in how fun a car is to drive than outright performance or luxury. He laments the direction that automotive development is headed in, but grudgingly accepts the logic behind it. Can be commonly found trying to fix yet another problem on his rusty project car.

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