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KIA reveals all-new Rio ahead of Paris Motor Show premiere

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Posted: September 1, 2016 at 9:44 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

September 1, 2016 – The all-new, fourth-generation KIA Rio will make its world premiere on 29 September in Paris,  at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile. With a progressive new exterior and interior design, the Rio is revealed for the first time globally today through an exclusive set of images.


4th Generation Kia Rio_Exterior Front Quarter Rendering4th Generation Kia Rio_Exterior Rear Quarter Rendering




Design of the new Rio was led by KIA’s design centres in Germany and California, in close collaboration with the company’s global design headquarters in Namyang, Korea. The appearance of the new Rio is defined by straight lines and smooth surfacing, giving the car a distinctive, confident new look.

Progressive exterior design

At the front, the Rio wears the latest evolution of KIA’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille, now thinner in height and wider across the front of the car. Integrated bi-function projection headlamps – again, thinner and more sculpted than those of its predecessor – project a new U-shaped LED light signature. Changes to the front of the car, including moving the fog lamps’ position outwards within the front bumper, are designed to add greater visual width for a more stable overall look. The new Rio grows by 5 mm in width (to 1 725 mm), further adding to this effect.

All-new KIA Rio_frontAll-new KIA Rio_side

In profile, the fourth-generation Rio’s lengthened, more balanced stance is achieved with a long bonnet and longer front overhang, a 10 mm longer wheelbase (up to 2 580 mm), a thinner, more upright C-pillar, and a shorter rear overhang. Overall, the new car is 15 mm longer than its predecessor (now 4 065 mm long), and 5 mm shorter in height (to 1 450 mm). Straight, clearly-defined lines run down the full length of the car’s shoulder and along its doors, further stretching the appearance of the car for a more stable, confident look.

All-new KIA Rio_rear

The rear section of the Rio is now more upright, with a near-vertical rear windscreen and a shorter overhang. The straight line that runs from the grille, through the headlamps and along the top of the doors, continues around the back of the car, paired with thinner, more sculpted rear lamps, which now feature a new arrow-shaped LED light signature. Like the wider-looking ‘face’ of the car, the rear design of the new Rio gives it a stronger overall appearance.


Modern, driver-oriented cabin

All-new KIA Rio_interior

The new KIA Rio will offer motorists a modern new cabin design, featuring sculptural forms and a more ergonomic layout than its predecessor.


Like the exterior, straight lines running the width of the dashboard characterise the shape of the interior, giving the cabin a wider appearance and increasing the sense of space for occupants.


The dashboard itself is now angled towards the driver, and at its centre is a new infotainment system, a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface), with a high-resolution touchscreen to power the Rio’s audio, navigation and new connectivity systems. The new HMI has allowed KIA to reduce the number of buttons on the center console.


The new Rio is available with a choice of black or grey cloth seat upholstery, or with black or grey artificial leather. A ‘Red Pack’ for the Rio gives buyers black with red artificial leather-trimmed seats throughout the cabin. The cabin itself features gloss black and metallic trim throughout, for a more modern finish.


Production starts at the end of 2016

The KIA Rio is the Korean manufacturer’s global best-selling model, with more than 473 000 sold around the world in 2015. The next generation will enter production towards the end of 2016 for Europe, with production timings for other regions to be announced closer to launch in 2017.


KIA’s 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile press conference will start at 14:45 CET on 29 September. KIA’s stand will be located in Hall 3 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

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  • September 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm Fahren Alie (South Africa)

    I am not sure if I should shed a tear now or be happy that I already have a 2014 Kia Rio 1.4 TEC AUTO SR.

    The 2016 Kia Rio to be launched ahead of the Paris Motor Show is a —- hmmm – let down.

    We see this pattern emerging from the East time and time again across various car manufacturers. Mazda comes to mind straight away. The existing 2014 Kia Rio is such an EXCELLENT case study in design and then we … well, then we take a leap backwards in overall design.

    Surely, Kia should have taken up the ante and built on the exciting 2014 design. Using Porsche as an example. Tweek here and tweek there but keep the core design very similar to appeal to what buyers LOVE in the now ‘old’ design.

    So here are my insights:
    1. The wedge shape defined the old Rio. The box shape is generic (might I add, looks like a VW Polo – yuck).
    2. The front fog lamp is totally misplaced. The car has a higher profile now but this is not what Kia Rio buyers want. They want a car that looks squat.
    3. The old rear has a sexy tapering end. Who needs a bland slab at the back?

    If I want a generic car then I would buy a VW Polo or a VW Golf.

    But the fact is that Kia Rio owners simply LOVE the now ‘old’ product as it is sexy, performance oriented, cutting edge and very forward thinking.

    Can the same be said of the new 2016 Kia Rio to be launched on 26/9/2016?

    PS * With such a wide base of existing owners and the existing web and mobile app technologies currently available, online focus groups could have greatly added to increasing Kia’s competitiveness in the global arena.

    From Fahren Alie,
    An existing 2014 Kia Rio owner who simply LOVES the Kia Rio and what the brand stands for.

    “As distinct an animal as a tiger is, so is the Kia Rio.”