Kia is trying to shed the boring image many people have of the company by making a sporty version of its brand new Rondo crossover. The small hauler is a nifty and innovative vehicle but someone out there may want all that utility, small dimensions matched to a sportier driving feel. Kia answers that call — we’re not sure if there is a call placed but they answer it anyway — with the Rondo SX.
Most noticeably different from the base Rondo are larger front and rear body panels and a metal mesh grille. The headlights are darkened a bit, there are dual exhaust outlets, the roof rails have been removed and the whole thing rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. Slight engine modifications add 10 horsepower bringing the total to 192 hp. The vehicle has also been lowered three inches and larger discs improve braking. You also will find the radically trimmed interior with sport seats hard to miss.
We’re not sure if this concept will become its own trim in the Rondo lineup but the term SX is in line with the current — and more pedestrian — LX and EX models. More photos below.