Kia has unveiled the facelifted 2016MY Rio five-door hatchback and four-door sedan today at the Chicago Auto Show.

Kia has unveiled the facelifted 2016MY Rio five-door hatchback and four-door sedan today at the Chicago Auto Show.

The US-spec model get the same array of tweaks as its European sibling so there's a slightly revised front fascia with a different grille insert featuring a geometric pattern. Also new are the fog light surrounds, lower front valance and rear reflectors which have been moved to the extremities of the car. The 2016MY Rio has also gained two fresh exterior paints called Urban Blue and Digital Yellow.

Moving inside the cabin, Kia has added more high-density foam in the A and B pillars to diminish NVH levels and they also applied a piano black finish surrounding the audio system and ancillary controls. There's also a Designer Package for the EX trim adding bespoke black cloth with gray leatherette trim featuring gray stitching. Also on the menu are gray-padded door panel inserts and a unique gray stitching for the center console armrest, steering wheel and shifter.

Both models will be commercialized in LX, EX and SX trim levels, with the range-topping version featuring 17-inch alloys, sport-tuned suspension, 11-inch ventilated front disc brakes and a leather-covered steering wheel. The Rio SX also benefits from a rear backup camera, Supervision meter cluster, tilt/telescope steering column, upgraded navigation system with better graphics, new interface and SiriusXM traffic. Also standard are the heated front seats, push button start, leather upholstery and a power sunroof.

There aren't any changes underneath the hood so the 2016 Kia Rio hatchback and sedan in US specification come with a four-cylinder 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine developing 138 bhp (103 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 123 lb-ft (167 Nm) of torque at 4,850 rpm channeled to the front axle through a standard six-speed automatic gearbox on the hatchback and a six-speed manual on the sedan. It should be noted that Kia has decided to axe the manual Rio five-door hatchback model.

Additional details can be found in the attached press releases (page one for hatchback & page two for sedan).

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