Marcus De Guzman / Kia | January 25, 2018 11:26
2018 Kia Rio GT Line revealed ahead of Geneva
Thinking of getting a Kia Rio but want it in a sportier guise? Look no further as Kia will be arriving at this year's Geneva International Motor Show with the all-new GT Line version of the five-door hatch. Featuring a sharper-looking design, Kia Billed the Rio GT Line of having a sporty look inside and out, along with a pre-dominantly blacked-out interior.
“The Rio is one of Kia’s best selling cars globally, and we have already sold more than 54,000 units of the new model in Europe after it went on sale in the first quarter of 2017. The new GT-Line specification enhances the car’s desirability and will help grow Rio sales in 2018 and beyond, thanks to its range of comfort and safety features, superb versatility, and confident, sporty styling,” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe.
Unlike standard models of the Rio, the GT Line gets a gloss black and chromed tiger-nose front grill. It also comes standard with 'ice-cube' styled LED foglights reminiscent from the cee'd GT and pro-cee'd GT. Meanwhile, the wheel wells roll on 17-inch alloy wheels exclusive to the Rio GT Line. Topping it all off are the dual exhaust pipes, LED daytime running lights, gloss black rear spoiler and the chrome window trim.
Inside, the Rio GT Line relatively looks the same as its standard counterparts. However, Kia did throw in a flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in black leather. Also covered in the same material are the seats which come with gray contrast stitching. Sprucing up the cabin even further comes courtesy of metallic trim pieces on the door switches and gear shifter, and the carbon-fiber trim look applied on the dashboard.
Available in-car features in the GT Line include a 7.0-inch 'floating' touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, reverse parking camera and heated front seats/ steering wheel.
Under the hood, the GT-Line is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter T-GDI powerplant that is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine musters 120 PS at 6000 rpm along with 171 Nm of torque available between 1500 – 4000 rpm. In Q3 of 2018 however, the Rio GT Line can be specified with naturally-aspirated engines such as the 1.25-liter and 1.4-liter MPi mills. Also, it can be equipped with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Other features available in the 2018 Rio GT Line include forward collision avoidance assist (FCA), driver attention warning (DAW), lane departure warning system (LDWS) and lane keeping assist system (LKAS).