Kia’s Rondo people-mover hatch range has been simplified for the 2016 model year, with the key move being the deletion of diesel models.
Previously, the Rondo was available with a 100kW/320Nm 1.7 litre turbo-diesel engine in the entry-level Si and mid-range SLi variants, with prices starting from around $33,000 plus on-road costs.
The alternative was a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 122kW and 213Nm, which was also the sole engine choice for the range-topping Platinum model.
Now, just the Si and Platinum models remain in the line-up for 2016 and each will only be available with the petrol engine, matched with a six-speed automatic. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 l/100km.
Speaking with TMR, Kia Australia’s Kevin Hepworth said “we’ve adjusted the model range to reflect the poor uptake on the diesel Rondo.”
Further adjustments to the Rondo range include the addition of standard satellite navigation to the Si variant, as sat-nav is already standard in the Platinum model.
A price-rise reflects the new kit, with the Si now priced from $31,490 (up $1250) and the Platinum now starting from $39,990 (up $250) - plus on-road costs.
The Rondo becomes the second Kia model this year to have its range clipped, following the carmaker’s decision to trim the Soul hatch range to a single, automatic-only variant.
Kia sold 24 Rondos last month along with 16 Souls, giving the pair year-to-date sales figures of 149 and 130 respectively.
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