With less than a month until the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile opens its gates in Paris, Kia has lifted the veils off the all-new Rio.
Now in its fourth generation, the Korean supermini has more generous proportions compared to its predecessor, adding 15 mm to its length, and 5 mm to its width, while shaving off 5 mm from its height; another 10 mm have been added to the wheelbase, which now sits at 2,580 mm.
Designed by the Kia’s centers in Korea, California and Germany, the 2017 Rio carries the latest evolution of the tiger-nose grille, tweaked lighting units, a longer bonnet, thinner, more upright C-pillar, longer front overhang and shorter rear overhang.
Open the door and you will be greeted by a more modern cabin design, with a more ergonomic layout and a wider appearance thanks to the straight line that run across the width of the dashboard. The vehicle features a new infotainment system, a high-res touchscreen and a floating HMI (human-machined interface), which has allowed Kia to reduce the number of buttons on the center console. Depending on the selected grade level, cloth upholstery, artificial leather, gloss black and metallic trim can also be found inside.
Details on its safety technology, connectivity features, practicality and engine lineup will be announced on September 29, when it will shine under the spotlight at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, prior to its production start towards the end of the year for the European market.