A week after publishing teaser images of its upcoming Rio, Kia has revealed a full set of official photos of its popular hatchback. Into its fourth generation, the new Kia Rio will make its world premiere on September 29 at the Paris motor show, but from the photos you can see that it’s distinctly more upscale in design, fit and finish than the outgoing model.
Styled by Kia’s design centres in Germany and California, with input from the global design headquarters in Namyang, South Korea, the appearance of the new Rio is characterised by straight lines and smooth surfacing, much like those seen in the new Cadenza large saloon. Up front is a thinner, wider version of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille, flanked by integrated projection headlamps and a new U-shaped signature LED light. These along with other design changes lend the car a wider, more stable stance. The fourth-generation is also longer than before by 15mm at 4,065mm overall, with a 10 mm longer wheelbase at 2,580 mm, a thinner, more upright C-pillar, and a shorter rear overhang. The rear end is now more upright, thanks mostly to a near-vertical rear windscreen and the shorter overhang.
Inside, things have been spruced up with the same straight line theme running across the cabin. Thanks to the increased dimensions, Kia says the interior will also offer more room to occupants. The driver-oriented dashboard features what Kia calls a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface), with a high-resolution touchscreen to control audio, navigation and new connectivity systems. This interface has allowed the carmaker to cut the number of buttons and knobs on the centre console thereby reducing clutter.
The new Rio will come with a choice of black or grey cloth seat upholstery, or black or grey artificial leather. Buyers will also get to opt for a ‘Red Pack’ which will add red and black trim throughout the cabin, along with gloss black and metallic accents. Watch this space for more info and pics as it is offially launched in Paris this month-end.