Kia Motors South Africa: Kia Rio Engines and Transmissions


Two highly efficient petrol engines with 65 and 79 kW outputs

Kia Rio Engine

Kia will offer new Kia Rio customers a choice of two highly efficient four-cylinder petrol engines – a 1.4-liter Gamma or 1.25-liter Kappa engine – generating 79 kW or 65 kW of power, respectively.

A popular and well-proven power unit in Kia’s engine line-up, the updated ‘Gamma’ fitted in new Kia Rio has friction-reducing modifications and dual CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing), to achieve a responsive performance and competitively modest fuel consumption.  With maximum output of 79 kW (at 6,300 rpm) and peak torque of 135 Nm (at 4,200 rpm), this engine powers the fastest Kia Rio – accelerating the 4-door manual model to 100 km/h in 11.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 183 km/h.

Kia’s advanced ‘Kappa’ family of engines – also appearing in the New Picanto – also features dual CVVT, with a cast aluminium block, offset crankshaft, maintenance-free timing chain and low-friction ‘beehive’ valve springs.  These technologies significantly improve efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions.  The 1.25-liter engine in Rio delivers 65 kW (at 6,000 rpm) and 120 Nm of torque (at 4,000 rpm).  Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 13.1 seconds and top speed is 168 km/h.

New Rio sedan will have a CO2 rating of 129 – to – 165 g/km, while achieving fuel economy of 5.4-to-7.0 litres per 100 km – respectively, for the 1.25 and 1.4 models.

Standard transmission for the larger capacity 1.4 engine model will be a fuel-stretching six-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.25-liter engine is fitted with a five-speed box.  As an option, a four-speed automatic transmission will also be available for the 1.4-liter unit.  All three transmissions are fitted with a high top gear ratio (0.774, 0.719 and 0.713:1, respectively) for reduce engine revs when cruising and enhance fuel economy.

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