Fourth-gen supermini grows in size to boost comfort.

Following a teaser published just last week, the fourth-generation Rio is now showing its more upscale appearance in several revealing images published this morning by Kia. In charge of the styling were the company’s design centers in Germany and California that also received input from the global design headquarters located at home in Namyang, South Korea.

They have certainly done a great job as the all-new Rio looks substantially more refined than its predecessor, both inside and out. The supermini uses the company’s latest take on the corporate ‘tiger nose’ grille which in this new iteration is wider and thinner. The bi-function projection headlights are an evolution of the previous model’s clusters, but are now thinner and are hosting a new U-shaped LED signature for the daytime running lights.

Moving at the back, Kia is giving its new B-segment car more sculpted taillights incorporating a fresh LED light signature shaped like an arrow which should look very nice at night. The rear end is more upright than before and it’s partially because of the near-vertical rear glass, while the overhang has been shortened for the same purpose.

2017 Kia Rio
2015 Kia Rio facelift


Compared to the model it replaces, the 2017 Rio is 15 mm (half an inch) longer and now has an overall length of 4,065 mm (160 inches). Part of the stretch is represented by the elongated wheelbase which has grown by 10 mm (0.4 inches) to 2,580 mm (101.5 inches) in order to enable a more spacious cabin with additional rear legroom. Kia has also widened the body by 5 mm (0.2 inches) to 1,725 mm (68 inches) and reduced height by 5 mm (0.2 inches) to 1,450 mm (57 inches), thus lending the supermini a more dynamic appearance.

2017 Kia Rio
2016 Kia Rio (US-spec)


Stepping inside the cabin, it looks more upmarket than before thanks to a new infotainment system which has eliminated some of the physical buttons. The dashboard is now more driver-oriented and there’s a new leather-wrapped steering wheel with lots of buttons to control some of the car’s functions. The pictures are obviously showing a higher-spec model which has all the bells and whistles, including heated front seats, sat-nav, black artificial leather, and a combination of glossy black and metallic accents.

2017 Kia Rio
2015 Kia Rio facelift


The jump in size will allow the 2017 Rio to provide class-leading practicality, according to Kia. That means trunk capacity has grown beyond the outgoing model’s 288 liters with the rear seats up and 974 liters once you fold them down. Kia is going to offer black or grey cloth seat upholstery, as well as an optional ‘red pack’ adding black & red artificial leather-trimmed seats for those who want to spice things up.

A public debut is scheduled on September 29 at the Paris Motor Show, with production for European markets scheduled to begin before the year’s end.

Source: Kia

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Kia Reveals All-New Rio Ahead of Paris Motor Show Premiere

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.
 
Design of the new Rio was led by Kia’s design centers 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.
 
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.
 
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
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 characterize 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 center 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 all-new Rio will offer buyers class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and more assured and engaging ride and handling characteristics.
 
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.
 
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.