Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK | posted September 30, 2016 07:55
Turbocharged power arrives in new-gen Rio
Kia's new-generation contender in the B-segment has officially been revealed at this year's Paris Motor Show. According to the automaker, their best-selling model to date has been redesigned to appeal to a wider market. In addition, the 2017 Rio will also deliver lower running costs, better practicality and even more safety tech.
Starting with the exterior, the 2017 Rio blends smooth curves and sharp lines. It still bears the familiar shape of the previous generation but gets a sleeker, more aggressive tone. Present up front is a new tiger-nose grill, sharper-looking headlights and a new front bumper.
Around the back, new LED taillights, tailgate-mounted spoiler and shapely rear bumper give the 2017 Rio a nice finish. Completing it all is the new set of seven-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires.
Inside, Kia claimed it has improved legroom thanks to a 10mm wheelbase increase and a cargo space of 325 liters. The automaker also added that it will get the latest in in-car tech. Some of which will include: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 5-inch touchscreen display, satellite navigation, Kia Connected Services and six-speaker audio system as such.
In terms of upholstery, cloth and leather can be specified for the 2017 Rio. Available trim colors include black and gray. There is also a 'Red Pack' trim which blankets the cabin in red-black leather.
For 2017, the Rio gets a new range of engines, including a new turbocharge motor. Non-turbo models can be equipped with either a 1.25- or 1.4-liter inline-four. The former puts out 84 PS and 122 Nm of torque while the latter is rated at 100 PS and 132 Nm of torque.
At the top of the gasoline-range is a 1.0-liter T-GDI inline-three. Derived from the Cee'd hatchback, the engine is available in two output ratings, 100 PS and 119 PS.
Those that prefer a diesel can also go for a 1.4-liter CRDi. Depending on the variant, the engine can generate either 70 PS or 90 PS.
The new Rio will be built at Kia's Sohari plant in Korea while global sales of the new-generation hatchback will begin during the first quarter of 2017.