Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Kia | posted September 01, 2016 19:29
More upscale styling for Kia's B-segment entry
Just last week, Kia previewed the fourth-generation Rio by releasing a sketch. The automaker has now fully revealed its B-Segment entry ahead of its global premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
At the front, the Rio wears the latest iteration of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Compared to the outgoing model, the grill is slimmer and wider as it runs across the front of the car. Also slimmer are its headlights which feature integrated bi-function projectors and a new U-shaped LED light signature. The fog lamps’ position is moved outwards within the front bumper, giving the 2017 Rio a wider look.
On to its side, the Rio features a defined shoulder line that starts at the edge of the headlight to the tip of the tail light. Two more character lines can be seen on the lower half of the doors. Towards the rear, the Rio has thinner C-Pillars compared to its predecessor and thinner lamps which now feature a new arrow-shaped LED light signature. As for its dimensions, the Rio measures in at 4,065 mm long 1,725 mm wide and1,450 mm tall.
Inside, the Rio now follows Kia's design language with trapezoidal aircon vents, a wraparound dashboard plus a larger touchscreen. In addition, the center console is now tilted towards the driver which, Kia says, improves ergonomics. At its center is a new infotainment system which Kia calls the ‘Floating HMI' or human-machine interface. It is a high-resolution touchscreen that handles the Rio's audio, navigation and new connectivity systems.
Kia has yet to reveal engine specifications for the all-new Rio. Do expect a range of updated Gamma and Kappa engines under the hood and, for Europe, a turbodiesel option. A week ago, our spies also snapped photos of a hotter Rio, possibly called the Rio GT.