Kia has revealed the primary official pictures of the up to date Ray, an city car that has been round since 2011. Like its predecessors, the 2023 Kia Ray will almost definitely stay solely obtainable within the Korean market.
The Kia Ray was launched in 2011 and acquired a gentle facelift in 2017 earlier than gaining a extra complete replace for 2023. The town automobile that appears like a miniature minivan shares its underpinnings with loads of fashions from the Hyundai-Kia group, together with the Kia Picanto, the Hyundai i10, and the Hyundai Casper.
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Regardless of the mannequin’s age, modifications for the 2023 MY are targeted on the outside, which integrates Kia’s newest design language. The spotlight is the redesigned entrance finish with vertically positioned LED headlights surrounding a totally coated grille that homes the brand new KIA badge. The entrance bumper adopts a cleaner look, with a single opening and an aluminum-style skidplate. We’re most likely taking a look at a totally electrical variant which explains the absence of cooling intakes.
The profile seems equivalent to the outgoing Ray, excluding the brand new wheels. We are able to’t see the left facet of the car however we guess that the Ray retains its signature sliding door for the rear passengers. On the again, modifications are restricted, with new LED taillights being related via the redesigned tailgate. The rear bumper can be extra trendy with a diffuser-style factor and smaller reflectors.
Inside, the one technique to inform the brand new Ray other than its predecessor is the digital instrument cluster and the darker trim parts, as the remainder of the dashboard seems to have been carried over.
In typical Kia fashion, the preview didn’t embody any specs for the up to date mannequin which is clearly based mostly on the identical underpinnings. We count on Kia to retain each the ICE-powered and EV variants of the Ray. The present ICE-powered mannequin is fitted with a 1.0-liter MPI engine mated to a four-speed automated gearbox. As for the electrical Ray which was Kia’s first manufacturing EV, it will get a single electrical motor producing 67 hp (50 kW / 68 PS) and a 16.4 kWh lithium-ion battery permitting 138 km (86 miles) of vary.
We’ll study extra concerning the 2023 Kia Ray within the coming weeks, as we get nearer to the market launch in Korea that’s scheduled for September. Pricing is anticipated to stay near its predecessor, which begins from 13,550,000 gained ($10,398).