Kia Rio Gets Some Visual Attitude With New GT-Line | Geneva Images

Kia may not offer performance versions of many of its models, but it’s injecting a small dose of extra attitude into some with its GT-Line. And the latest is the Rio.

Set to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new Kia Rio GT-Line follows the lead set down by similar versions of the Sportage, Sorento, Picanto, and Cee’d.

Power comes in the form of a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual and rated at 118 horsepower – which isn’t quite as much as you’d find in, say, the similarly sized Ford Fiesta ST, Renault Clio RS, VW Polo GTI, or even the more modestly powered 595-spec Fiat 500 Abarth.

It’ll also be offered with the 1.25- or 1.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines, but those currently pack less power (at 83 and 98 hp respectively) and will come mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Engines aside, the GT-Line model comes with sportier touches like a gloss-black and chrome grille, special 17-inch alloys, LED fog and daytime running lights, dual exhaust tips, chrome window trim, and gloss-black spoiler and side-sill trim. Inside you’ll find combination synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, a flat-bottom leather steering wheel, and metallic and faux-carbon trim.

Whether Kia will ever offer a proper performance version of the little hatchback remains to be seen. Maybe sister-brand Hyundai’s new N division will have some wisdom to impart. But in the meantime, the new GT-Line model will go on sale across Europe in the spring – around the same time it debuts at the Swiss expo.

Update: Images from the Geneva motor show added to post

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Live image credits Guido ten Brink / SB-Medien

  • Bash

    Love those square LED fog lights on almost all KIA products.

  • klowik

    This car actually looks quite good with black front and side skirts and black rear bumper housing.With some LED cluster in the headlights it will looks very sporty.

  • Infinite1

    Could use a little more power from the factory

  • salamOOn

    very nice looking car, interior is superb for this segment….

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    no automatic AGAIN!

  • Liam Paul

    come on kia this this little GT some real HP, at least let it have 165 hp… It looks Good, now make it go as good as it looks.

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