By Wayne Gorrett
Completely new, 4th-generation Kia Rio on its way.
UK production starts later this year ahead of early 2017 launch.
Rio is Kia’s best global seller – 473,000k in 2015 alone.
Hot on the heels of last week’s reveal of sketch images, the all-new, fourth-generation Kia Rio will make its world premiere on 29th September in Paris, at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile.
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.
Noticeable over the current Kia Rio are its lower, bullish stance, straighter design lines, thinner and wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille, a longer bonnet and front overhang and a slightly longer wheelbase, together with a more vertical C-pillar.
The new Rio is 5mm wider, 15mm longer (wheelbase +10mm) and 5mm lower that the outgoing model. Straight crease lines run along the full length of the car’s shoulder and along its doors.
The rear has a shorter overhang and the side crease that runs from the grille, through the headlamps and along the top of the doors continues around the back of the car and pairs with thinner rear lamps, which now feature a new arrow-shaped LED light signature.
Inside, the new Kia Rio displays a new cabin design and features a more ergonomic layout than its predecessor. Straight lines run the width of the dashboard which makes the cabin appear wider with an increased sense of space.
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’.
The dashboard is now angled towards the driver. Pride of place is the new ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system to power the Rio’s audio, navigation and new connectivity systems. The new system has reduced the number of buttons on the center console.
Buyers will be able to choose from black or grey cloth seat upholstery or with black or grey faux leather. A ‘red pack’ for the Rio offers buyers black with red faux leather-trimmed seats throughout the cabin. Unfortunately, the ongoing ‘trend’ of gloss black trim throughout, continues.
With more than 473,000 units sold in 2015 alone, the Rio is the Korean manufacturer’s best-selling global model. UK production of the next generation Rio will commence in Q4/2016.
We’ll bring you trim, engine and transmission details on the new Kia Rio when known. Meanwhile, if you’re lucky enough to be going to Paris, the Kia stand will be located in Hall 3 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.