2017 Kia Rio is based on the same platform as the Hyundai i20; production to begin towards the end of this year for European and other markets
Kia has lifted covers off the fourth generation Rio just ahead of its global debut scheduled on September 29th at the Paris Motor Show. The supermini has endured changes in dimensions as the new-gen model measures 15 mm more in length with additional 5 mm width amidst the height trimmed off by 5 mm and the wheelbase, which now stands at 2,580 mm, has been extended by 10 mm. Therefore, the overall proportions of the Rio are 4,065 mm in length, 1,725 mm in width and 1,450 mm in height.
It is likely be positioned as a more premium alternative to the Hyundai i20 in Europe and in fact the new Rio shares underpinnings with the i20 as it’s based on the same platform. When Kia enters the Indian space, the Rio could be one of the potential products in the pipeline from the Hyundai subsidiary that has enjoyed tremendous success lately in global markets.
The fourth generation Rio has been jointly developed by Kia’s design centres in Namyang (South Korea), California (USA) and Germany. It comes with an evolutionary take on the signature tiger-nosed grille alongside sleeker C-pillar, enlarged front overhang, shortened rear overhang, redesigned bonnet and revised bi-function projector headlamp cluster with U-shaped LED guide lights.
The cabin design has been thoroughly overhauled as well with a wider appearance. A straight line runs across the dash to form an ergonomical layout while the instrument cluster, centre console and door panels are redesigned. The new Rio features a floating HMI (human-machined interface) infotainment system with high-res touchscreen display and the selective seat upholstery options include the choice of black/grey cloth and black/grey leather.
It is likely to be equipped with a slew of smaller-displacing petrol and diesel engines mated to conventional four-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. Information on the connectivity features, powertrain lineup, interior practicality and driver aid plus safety technologies will be revealed in Paris by the end of this month. The production for the 2017 Kia Rio is set to commence towards the end of this year for the European countries.