Kia has announced new ‘Domino’ special editions of the Picanto and Rio, plus a new Kia Soul ‘Echo’ version to complement the Originals line-up.
Domino editions for Rio and Picanto
The new Domino special edition is available on the 1.1-litre Kia Picanto city car, as well as 1.4-litre petrol and 1.5-litre CRDi turbodiesel versions of the Rio supermini.
Finished in white or optional metallic black, there’s a contrasting ‘domino effect’ stripe (in black or white) to compliment the fully colour-coded exterior. Cosmetic enhancements also include foglights and 14-inch wheels – alloys in the case of the Rio.
Inside, both Domino editions come with air conditioning, iPod connectivity, remote central locking and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob. The Rio supermini also benefits from electric rear windows.
All Rio and Picanto models have stability control (ESC) as standard, and you also get the robust seven-year/100,000-mile Kia warranty. Prices start at £7,995 for the Picanto and £9,295 for the Rio – representing savings of £400 and £350 over the existing ‘2’ specification models.
Kia Soul Echo and other Soul improvements
Soul ‘Originals’ are distinctively specified versions of Kia’s attention-seeking compact 4×4, and this latest addition is called the Echo.
Available in Clear White or Quartz Black, the white version features black 18-inch alloys, black door mirrors and a black sports stripe, while the black version features the same details in white.
The interior is kitted out with black leather upholstery, gloss black dash trimmings, upgraded stereo including subwoofer, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, air conditioning and rear parking sensors.
Customers can choose between 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre turbodiesel engines, with prices starting from £13,995. Again, this includes Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Stability control is standard and the Soul has a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Kia is also taking this opportunity to upgrade the entire Soul line-up (Echo included) with a trip computer, ‘Stop Signal’ (which activates the hazard warning lights under heavy braking), new door handles and illuminated electric window buttons. Bluetooth becomes standard from 2 specification upwards.
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