Kia to build a limited run of 2013 Rio SX models with manual transmissions

Article by Christian A., on September 11, 2012

In response to customers’ demands, Kia has made the decision to build 2013 Rio SX hatchback models with a limited production run. Best of all, it features six-speed manual transmissions for the first time ever. Previously, Kia has only had a manual transmission available in its base LX model. However, it is now thinking about offering other high-spec models that have manual transmission options.

2013 Kia Rio SX manual hatchback offers the following as standard equipment: push-button start, touchscreen navigation, rear-backup camera, a set of 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, LED daytime running lights, satellite radio, and black cloth interior.

The LX model is very basic and is equipped with smaller 16-inch wheels, four-speaker stereo and doesn’t have items like cruise control, power windows and door locks, and a telescopic steering wheel.

Kia would only be building fewer than 500 manual-equipped SX models so if you want one, buy it quickly. It has a starting MSRP of $18,650, which includes a $750 destination charge. For this price, the buyer gets a vehicle powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder with 138-hp that could return 30-mpg in the city and 40-mpg on the highway.

Kia has designed and built the Rio to be a car that caters to the demand for more choices, higher quality, and exciting design. As designed, it doesn’t evolve the previous model, rather the new Kia Rio could be considered as revolution, as its bold and assertive personality completely shies away from the previous model.

Up front, the latest iteration of the Kia Rio has taken a new interpretation of the carmaker’s signature grille. On the new Kia Rio, the hallmark Kia grille is sandwiched on the top by the Kia logo and on the bottom by a new front bumper and spoiler that further emphasize the car’s unique and aggressive on-the-road presence. When viewed from the sides, the new Kia exudes a sporty stance, thanks to its sharp wedge form and the beautiful body-to-glass ratio. All of these new styling cues gave the new Rio a new character that complements the new Kia Picanto and Venga.

Down to the rear, the new Kia Rio features a strong posterior as defined by a muscular high shoulder and flowing C-pillar as well as and fast rear screen angle. Its bold and powerful rear bumper is visually contrasted by its sleek coupe-like roof-line. On the sides, the new Kia Rio is marked by unique feature line that makes the flanks look more solid, thereby highlight the car’s already dynamic stance. Its wheelbase and window graphic as well as proportions all help make the Rio more distinctive and more refined.

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