Kia is so excited to show us their fourth-generation Rio compact that they couldn’t wait for the Paris auto show at the end of the month. They’ve given us photos and some of the details today.
The new model is an all-new design. The car is slightly longer (15 mm, 10 mm of that in the wheelbase), slightly wider (5 mm), and slightly shorter than before (5 mm). The nose has the latest version of Kia’s corporate “tiger-nose” grille, and the back of the car is much more upright than before. There are also shorter overhangs in the rear. the new nose will also gain LED headlights.
Kia says that the new interior will be more ergonomic and more “driver oriented” than before. The dash is angled toward the driver, and there is a new infotainment system with a new touchscreen and updated connectivity systems, navigation, and user interface. With that new system, they’ve also reduced the number of buttons on the centre stack.
That interior will be available in black or grey fabric, or the same colour choices in leather. Kia will be making a trim pack with red artificial leather around the cabin. There will also be gloss black or metallic interior trim.
The Rio is Kia’s best-selling model worldwide, and the new one will start production for Europe at the end of this year. Production dates for Canada will be announced closer to the official launch, September 29 at the Paris auto show.
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