CHINA: Dongfeng-Kia JV unveils new K4 sedan
The Dongfeng-Kia joint venture has unveiled a new sedan called the K4 which will be available only in China, The Motor Report said.
The Motor Report said the model, launched at the Chengdu motor show, has a wheelbase of 2,770mm and is 4,700mm long and 1,815mm wide. The sedan has an infotainment system, reversing camera, pushbutton ignition and a high-end instrument cluster, among other features.
According to just-auto's Product Lifecycle Database (PLDB), the K4, built at the Dongfeng Yueda Kia plant in Yancheng, Jiangsu, is closely related to the similarly sized Hyundai Mingtu/Mistra. These cars compete in a niche: sedans that are sized between the traditional C and D segments.
The K4 made its world debut in pre-production form at the Beijing motor show in April 2014. This concept was powered by a 1.6-litre GDI turbo engine driving the front wheels through a seven-speed DCT.
Dongfeng Kia believes the new model will appeal to "family oriented customers in their 30s and 40s". The production K4 offers the choice of 1.8- and 2.0-litre engines.
Later in its lifecycle, the car will be available with a 1.6-litre turbocharged T-GDI gasoline engine, generating 176 ps and 265 Nm, together with Kia’s first seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) - a six-speed DCT is already offered in the Slovakia-built c'eed.