By Wayne Gorrett
The first design sketches of the imminent fourth-generation Kia Rio which is expected here in the UK early next year, have been released. The car will make its world premiere next month at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris.
Under the auspices of Kia’s primary design centre in Namyang, Korea, the Rio was designed at the company’s German and Californian design centres.
The silly 20-inch wheel aside, noticeable over the current Kia Rio are its lower, bullish stance, straighter design lines, a longer bonnet and front overhang and a slightly longer wheelbase, together with a more vertical C-pillar.
Kia says the all-new Rio will offer buyers ‘class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and more assured and engaging ride and handling characteristics’.
With more than 473,000 units sold in 2015, the Rio is the Korean manufacturer’s best-selling global model. The next generation Rio will enter production towards the end of 2016 for Europe, with production timings for the UK to be announced closer to launch.
We’ll bring you more details on the new Kia Rio when known. Meanwhile, if you’re going to Paris, the Kia stand will be located in Hall 3 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.