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Kia Motors America has described the new 2015 Kia Rio Sedan – a car that, according to the car maker, combines spirited road manners, tremendous value and cutting-edge features.

Just like before, the 2015 Kia Rio Sedan belongs to the compact class but despite this the new vehicle comes with a large number of standard features and safety technologies as well as excellent interior space. The new car keeps some of the features introduced in the 2014 Kia Rio Sedan, namely changes to the engine, to the body and to the rear bumper that improve aerodynamics. In addition to that the 2015 Kia Rio Sedan gets to keep the revised smart key remote that offers a folding design for convenience, the water temperature gauge and the enhanced leather-wrapped steering wheel, introduced back in the 2014 year model.

The new 2015 Kia Rio Sedan is available in three trims – LX, EX and SX. All of them come with different levels of equipment but the same engine – a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder unit with the option of having a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or efficient six-speed automatic. In addition to that the 2015 Kia Rio Sedan LX version now offers a six-speed automatic transmission with an Active ECO system, which optimizes fuel economy when activated. This is a first for the LX trim of the Kia Rio Sedan. The engine, mounted in the car, produces 138 horsepower (101 kW) and delivers 27 US mpg city/37 US mpg highway or 8.7 liters/6.4 liters per 100 km city/highway of fuel economy.

The new 2015 Kia Rio Sedan packs tons of features that will satisfy everyone looking for a comfort drive. All trims include an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio unit with SiriusXM Satellite Radio capabilities, and auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting MP3 players with full iPod® and MP3 controllability via the audio head unit and steering wheel-mounted controls. If this is not enough you can upgrade your 2015 Kia Rio Sedan LX trim with the Power Package (automatic transmission only), which adds power windows with automatic up/down functionality on the driver's window, and remote keyless entry. The EX model offers a chrome front grille surround, power windows with driver's one-touch auto-up/down, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls2, and a tilt and telescopic steering column, which is also true for the SX version. In addition to that, though, the SX version offers a sport-tuned suspension, front ventilated disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels and paddle shifters. The EX version can also be upgraded if you feel like it – for some more money you can get an available ECO Package when the Convenience Package has been selected, which adds Idle, Stop and Go (ISG) technology for enhanced fuel efficiency. The luxurious Premium Package available on the SX trim offers a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, push-button start with Smart Key, leather seat trim, heated front seats and a power tilt/slide sunroof, giving it an open, airy feel.

The pricing of the 2015 Kia Rio Sedan is unknown as of now but we will publish it as soon as it becomes available later this year. In any case, given Kia's history of offering cheaper models, we do not expect the 2015 Kia Rio Sedan to cost an arm and a leg.

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Source: Kia Motors America