What’s Under the Hood
In production form, the 2007 Kia Rondo is available with a four-cylinder engine or a 182-horsepower V6. That’s decent output, but the Rondo SX Concept adds a little more punch, to the tune of 192 horsepower from the same 2.7-liter V6. The 10-horsepower gain comes from a cold-air intake system and a cat-back exhaust, items that should be available through Kia’s recently-introduced performance parts division. The SX Concept also sports a retuned suspension that lets the little crossover sit three inches lower than production. Cross-drilled and vented disc brakes work to slow custom five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels rolling on 235/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.
What it Looks Like
What We Think
Kia is a company on the move, and with the American branch of the Korean car brand now under the control of former VW chief Len Hunt, there’s a definite focus on building enthusiasm around Kia. To that end, the performance parts division has been launched, and it stands to reason this sportier version of the Rondo will see the light of day. If there’s still discussion going on in the back offices of Kia, we suggest building the Rondo SX…and while you’re at it, toss in an optional all-wheel-drive system.
Photos courtesy of Kia and Thom Blackett