Kia has introduced the new Pegas compact sedan and K2 Cross at the ongoing Auto Shanghai. Alongside the two new models, Kia is showcasing its next-generation in-car technologies, with a series of interactive virtual reality (VR) simulators. Other attractions for the show include a dedicated ‘Eco Zone’ for the brand’s latest hybrid-electric vehicles and a ‘CTCC (China Touring Car Championship) Zone’.

The Kia Pegas, built for China only, is a compact sedan which combines maximum practicality and versatility with a wide variety of customer-oriented technologies and features, as well as a typically bold Kia design. A wide, horizontal ‘face’ gives the Pegas a sporty, stable appearance, and incorporates the brand’s famous ‘tiger nose’ grille, a design signature common to all Kia vehicles around the world.

The compact’s long (2,570 mm) wheelbase means the Pegas offers ample cabin space for all passengers, front and rear, while its large trunk has a maximum capacity of 475 liters, making it one of the most versatile, useful cars in its class. A large sunroof further adds to the spacious, open ambience of the cabin, while a front passenger central armrest enhances comfort on all journeys.

A 1.4-liter multi-point injection gasoline engine offers 95 ps and maximum torque of 133 Nm on the new Pegas. The engine drives the front wheels and is available with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

With the Kia K2 Cross, Kia introduces an urban SUV in a compact body. The new Kia K2 Cross brings a robust SUV-inspired design to the brand’s popular K2 compact sedan. This distinctive and charismatic new five-door crossover is designed to take urban environments in its stride. Its ground clearance is elevated by 45 mm compared to the K2 hatchback upon which it is based, affording a more commanding driving position.

The design is enhanced with new roof rails for added carrying capacity, a new metallic-style chin guard at the front, and a purposeful new valance at the rear. While the car maintains the same wheelbase as the K2 hatchback, the new body cladding adds to the car’s width (+30 mm, to 1,750 mm) and length (+40 mm, to 4,240 mm) for a more muscular on-road presence.

The new K2 Cross is available with a pair of highly-efficient gasoline engines; buyers have a choice of a 100 ps 1.4-liter engine, producing 132 Nm torque, and a 1.6-liter engine producing 123 ps and 151 Nm. Both engines feature dual continuously-variable valve timing (D-CVVT) technology to maximize combustion efficiency in the cylinders, and power the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Both the Pegas and K2 Cross are slated for roll out soon after the Auto show.