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.