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Kia pulls covers off new Rio ahead of Paris debut

Thursday 01 September 2016, By AutoVolo

Kia pulls covers off new Rio ahead of Paris debut

Kia pulls covers off new Rio ahead of Paris debut

Kia has revealed its fourth-generation Rio hatchback, ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show on 29 September.

Kia has said that the new Rio expresses styling that is more “confident” than before, with the entire car standing slightly longer and wider than the vehicle it replaces.

At the front, the Rio features Kia’s now well-known ‘tiger-nose’ grille, running from one side of the car’s front to the other. There’s also new U-shaped LED lights, too.

Round the back, the C-Pillar stands more upright than before, meaning that the rear overhang is now shorter. The change also brings with it a near-vertical rear windscreen.

Not only has the exterior of the car been updated, but the interior has also been heavily revised. The steering wheel is lifted from larger Kia models, while a new ‘floating’ central touchscreen infotainment system dominates the centre console.

There’s a variety of interior choices for Rio customers to pick from too. Black and grey upholstery can be specified, as can black, grey and red faux-leather options.

Kia has not yet given details of the engines that will feature in its new Rio. It’s likely that a selection of small petrol engines will be used to power the car, with a 1.0-litre unit the most likely to appear – as a  similar powerplant features in the current Cee’d family hatchback.