Kia reveals Rio ahead of Paris show debut

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Kia Rio

Kia has released pictures of its new Rio ahead of the supermini’s debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The fourth-generation model, which unlike its predecessor will be offered only in five-door form, sports a bold new look. This says Kia is the result of a collaboration between the brand’s European, US and Korean design centres.

At the front Kia’s now signature tiger-nose grille appears in a slimmer, wider version, as are the projector headlamps. Their more sculpted design produces a U-shaped LED light signature.

The new car is 15mm longer than its predecessor at 4,065mm, with a wheelbase extended 10mm to 2,580mm. Width grows by 5mm to 1,725mm while the height drops by the same amount to 1,450mm.

A long bonnet, longer front overhang, a thinner, more upright rear pillar and shorter rear overhang, combined with clear lines down either shoulder are aimed at producing a more stable, confident appearance. The rear screen is almost much more upright compared to the outgoing Rio.

The official pictures reveal a new interior with an improved, more upmarket layout, again relying on straight lines to increase the impression of width.

The dash will be dominated by a new infotainment system, the HMI (human-machine interface), with a high-resolution touchscreen to power the Rio’s audio, navigation and new connectivity systems.

Kia says fitting the HMI has allowed a reduction in the number of centre console buttons, producing a less-cluttered look.Kia Rio

No details of powertrains have yet been announced, but the car is predicted to use new versions of the existing 1.25 and 1.4-litre petrol engines, along with a 1.1 diesel and the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine launched in the larger cee’d.

A hot hatch GT model is also likely at some point in 2017, most likely using a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that Kia unveiled in 2015.

The Rio makes its public debut on Kia’s Paris show stand on 29th September.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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