Just days ago, sketches of the all-new Kia Rio surfaced online, giving us an early glimpse of how the fourth generation hatchback would look. The pictures you see here are the official images released by Kia Motors, and succeeds the well-serving third-gen model which was released in 2011.
Design of the new Rio is led by Kia’s design teams from Germany, California and Korea. The new profile gives it an edgier, more sporty appearance when compared to the curvier nature of the outgoing model. Up front, the new Rio gets a slim ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and are complemented by a pair of bi-function headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. The rear is dressed with a brand new pair of tail lamps, featuring arrow-shaped LED graphics.
Dimensions wise, the Rio grows albeit by a slight margin. It is now 15mm longer than its predecessor at 4,065mm, 5mm wider at 1,725mm but sits 5mm lower (1,450mm) to the ground. Wheelbase also grew by 10mm (now at 2,580mm), giving way to a roomier cabin.
Inside the cabin is also entirely new. Kia claims they have improved on ergonomics, and one way of achieving that is by angling the dashboard ever so slightly towards the driver. Smacked right in the centre of the dashboard is a new ‘floating’ touchscreen display (size unknown for now) for audio controls, connectivity and navigational systems. This touchscreen head unit tidies up the clutter of buttons from before.
Kia hasn’t revealed much details on the mechanics, but claims that ride and handling characteristics have been improved upon. Once it makes to production, the Rio will offer class-leading practicality and safety technology, as well as the latest suite of connectivity systems such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The fourth-generation Kia Rio will make its global debut on 29 September at the Paris Motor Show. Stay tuned for more details of the Rio!