2017 Kia Rio Unveiled — Set To Debut In Paris

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South Korean carmaker Kia has revealed the 2017 Rio hatchback, ahead of its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, scheduled to take place on September 29, 2016.

The new Rio sits on the same platform as the Hyundai i20 and features a sharper design compared to the car it replaces. So, let's take a look and find out what has changed.

Design-wise, the Kia Rio features a sleeker version of Kia's trademark Tiger grille which is flanked by projector headlamps with LED integrated daytime running lights.

The front bumper is dominated by a large central air dam, while small round fog lamp slots are present at either edge.

The Rio is now available in five-door form only, which can be seen in the side profile.

At the rear, the Rio features sleek tail lamps with three arrow-shaped graphics. 

The Rio's interiors can be upholstered in either cloth or leather.

A high-resolution touchscreen display that seems to float above the centre console controls the car's audio, navigation, and connectivity systems. 

The new Rio is larger than the car it replaces.

The new Kia Rio is 4,065mm long, 1,725mm wide, and 1,450 mm tall. The new car is 5mm wider and 15mm longer than the previous-gen Rio. The wheelbase has also grown by 10mm and is now 2,580mm long.

The Rio will be made available with four engine options, one diesel, and three petrol engines.

The diesel engine will be a slightly tweaked version of the current Rio's 1.1-litre powerplant.

Two of the petrol engines are expected to be tweaked versions of the current Rio's 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre engines. A 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine from the C'eed hatchback is also expected to make its way to the Rio.  

Kia is expected to start production of the Rio at the end of the year after the car hits the show floor at the Paris Motor Show on September 29.

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Story first published: Friday, September 2, 2016, 17:40 [IST]
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