|Kia is premiering several updated variants and a Hybrid Concept at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The refreshed variants are the Rio, the 3rd-Generation Sorento and Venga. At the same time, the Optima T-Hybrid Concept takes its spot as the star of the Korean marque at the motor show.|
The compact Kia Rio and Venga have been instilled some exterior and interior enhancements to bring it up to speed according to the variants’ generations. The Rio gets mostly interior refinements such as chrome accents around the four dashboard air-vents and a newly-designed center-stack around the audio system, while the top-end Rio gets the optional grey faux leather upholstery or cloth trimmings. The other optional feature for the 2015 Rio include the new DAB digital radio and AVN (audio-video navigation) system with a 7.0-inch display screen.
Four engines, paired to four- or 6-speed automatic transmission, are available for the European version Rio, with output ranging from 75 to 109 ps. Additional engine inputs included are; the second-generation fuel-stretching Start/Stop (ISG) technology, advanced alternator control and an upgraded starter motor. Even low-rolling resistance tyres are fitted as an option on the 2015 Rio.
Its direct sibling, the Venga now has a larger ‘tiger-nose grille’ with a separate, repositioned Kia badge, and a restyled lower grille with combined fog lights and LED DRLs. At the rear, horizontal chrome trim joins the new rear light clusters, which also feature LED bulbs. Large wheels of 16-inch or 17-inch are included in the 2015 Venga package as well.
A longer wheelbase (2615mm) and higher roofline (1,600mm) ensure plenty of cabin space in the Venga. Interior-wise, the cabin takes up darker metal trim with bright accents, new seat trims and a new center-stack fascia. New options include a heated steering wheel and the Kia AVN system with a 7.0-inch display screen and rear-view camera, as well as a 130 mm sliding 60/40 split-fold rear seat.
There are six petrol and diesel 1.4-liter to 1.6-liter engines available for the Venga, with output ranging from 77 and 128 ps. Power is delivered to the wheels via five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.
Kia Sorento is the most refined large SUV from the Korean marque yet
The Kia Sorento has already debut in its home country in late August, prior to its European premiere at the Paris Motor show. Now into its 3rd-generation, the ‘Streetwolf’ Sorento, deemed a CUV, has a smoother, swept-back profile with sculpted surfaces.
In looks, the 3rd-gen Sorento gets a contemporary styling change to reflect a bolder on-the-road presence. The front of the new Sorento incorporates long, wrap-around headlights and more prominent fog-lights, as well as a larger signature ‘tiger-nose’ 3-D grille. In profile, the new Sorento retains the variant’s hallmark long bonnet and characteristic wide D-pillar, however the newer CUV receives a lower roofline, higher beltline and swept-back shape. From the rear, the CUV takes up more prominent ‘shoulders’ and a sculpted registration plate surround.
A more sophisticated interior is valid for the Sorento, thanks to a wider instrument cluster, lots of unique trimmings and the wrap-around shape of the dashboard. Moreover, there is a large proportion of soft-touch materials and leather trimmings for that premium feel effect. The interior colors in single- or two-tone of brown, light gray are matched with either cloth or leather upholstery. To make the CUV a standard for the European market, Kia has added a bunch of features in the new Sorento like; 5- or 7-seat versions, 40/20/40 second row split seats, an Around-View Monitor, a Smart Power Tailgate, and a number of on-board technologies.
Three engines are available with the new Sorento, offering power outputs ranging from 185 to 200 ps. These include a 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) unit, and two turbo-diesel engines, in 2.0-liter and 2.2 -liter capacities, which are expected to account for the majority of European sales.
As a potential Euro NCAP recognized vehicle, the Sorento is loaded with a repertoire of active safety features, consisting the ASCC (Adaptive Smart Cruise Control), LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System), BSD (Blind-Spot Detection), RCTA (Rear Cross-Traffic Alert) and SLIF (Speed Limit Information Function).
Kia Optima T-Hybrid, a Hybrid Concept, becomes the star at Paris motor show
The star variant for Kia at the Paris motor show is definitely the Optima T-Hybrid. The first previewed at Geneva Motor show Kia Optima T-Hybrid (turbo hybrid) concept is powered by the variant’s existing 1.7-liter CRDi turbo-diesel engine, paired with a small electric motor, powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery.
The vehicle features a zero-emissions stop-start system, and a new belt-driven starter generator replaces the conventional alternator, meaning the engine can restart with almost no noise or vibration. Installing the powertrain in the Optima sedan has enabled engineers to fit a smaller vehicle battery and starter motor, enhancing weight distribution and handling.
Still under development, no specific performance or fuel economy figures are confirmed for the powertrain or its application in the Optima T-Hybrid show car. However, Kia’s engineers are targeting a significant reduction in CO2 tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption and a power increase of between 15 to 20 percent for any variant which could be equipped with the new powertrain. Currently, the Optima’s 136ps 1.7-liter engine produces CO2 emissions of 128 g/km (when fitted with ISG stop-start).