South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corporation chose the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (1-16 Oct.) for the world première of its all-new, 4th generation Rio subcompact model, which is expected to reach international markets in the first quarter of 2017.
At 4,065mm, the new, fourth-generation Kia Rio is 15mm longer than its predecessor, with a long bonnet and longer front overhang (versus a shorter rear overhang and a near-vertical rear windscreen), 5mm wider and lower in overall height (1,725mm and 1,450mm respectively).
The passenger compartment benefits from the longer wheelbase (+10mm, to 2,580 mm), in addition to a larger, 325-litre cargo capacity (VDA).
Inside, the straight lines run the width of the dashboard, which is angled towards the driver. The new infotainment system features a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface), with a high-resolution touchscreen to control the audio, navigation and new connectivity systems. It will offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
The new Rio is the fruit of collaboration between Kia’s design centres in Europe (Germany), the USA (California) and its global design headquarters in Namyang, Korea.
Representing Kia in the sub-compact, B-segment, (supermini, equivalent to the Hyundai Accent, its cousin within the Hyundai Motor Group), the new Rio combines straight lines with smooth surfacing, with Kia’s latest ‘tiger-nose’ grille, now thinner and wider across the front, between headlamps with new U-shaped LED light signature.
Changes to the front include moving the fog lamps’ position outwards within the bumper, augmenting the visual width with a more stable overall look. The rear lamps now feature a new arrow-shaped LED light signature.
New Rio will be powered by petrol and diesel engines, including Kia’s latest three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbo gasoline direct injection) engines, and will offer Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition.
With more than 473,000 Rio units sold around the world in 2015 (16 per cent of the brand's annual sales), the fourth-generation of Kia's best-selling model will be manufactured at Kia’s Sohari manufacturing facility in Korea. More details will be announced near to market launch, bearing in mind that specifications and features may differ between regions.
In addition to the new Rio, Kia also presented in Paris its facelifted Carens and new versions of its Soul compact SUV (read more...).