Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Kia Press | posted September 30, 2014 11:16
Optional extras include an infotainment system, faux leather interior and an automatic start/stop system
Korean automaker Kia recently release images of the refurbished Rio that is set to make its first public appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Under the guiding hand of Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motor Corporation and Hyundai Motor Group, the updated Rio has been given a revamped exterior look along with added interior amenities.
“The Kia Rio was our best-selling vehicle nameplate worldwide in 2013, with a total of 471,000 sales, and among our top-three sellers here in Europe with 56,821 units delivered. Improvements to this model are of major significance for our brand,” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer.
The front section of the new Rio gets a revised front bumper with fog lights while the car's signature “tiger-nose grill” has been slightly altered. At the side, newly-designed alloy wheels which will come available in 15, 16 and 17 inch sizes will give the car an up-to-date look while an updated rear bumper decorates the back end of the car. Finishing it all off will be 2 new paint finishes; Urban Blue and Digital Yellow.
Inside the cabin, chrome fixtures adorn the four air-vents and now features a center stack built around the center dash. A DAB digital radio along with Kia's own AVN (audio-video-navigation) with a 7-inch monitor and improved route calculation will come as an optional extra. Top of the range specifications will have a cloth fabric upholstery and can be upgraded to a gray faux leather if a customer opts for it.
Four engines will be offered in the European market and will have PS output ratings ranging from 75 to 108. Transmission choices range from a 5- or 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. For Australia, the standard version will be equipped with a 1.4-liter engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic while a higher tiered Rio gets the 1.6-liter engine which will come standard with a 6-speed automatic. No engine specifications have been detailed for the Asia-Pacific market.
Optional engine tech available for the new Rio is the brand's second generation Start/Stop ISG technology that is comprised of an automatic start/stop system, advanced alternator control, upgraded starter motor and fitment of low-rolling resistance tires).
The updated Rio will arrive in Europe at the start of early 2015.