Cov­ers off Kia’s flash 2017 Rio

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ANDREWMACLEAN

The cov­ers have come off Kia’s all-new Rio hatch­back a month be­fore its of­fi­cial de­but at the 2016 Paris mo­tor show.

The South Korean brand has re­leased a se­ries of of­fi­cial images and lim­ited in­for­ma­tion on its fourth-gen­er­a­tion small car just days af­ter is­su­ing a teaser sketch.

The Rio’s sharp ex­te­rior de­sign is high­lighted by a slim­mer and wider ‘‘Tiger Nose’’ grille (a sig­na­ture that was first seen on the Sportage SUV and likely to be a com­mon el­e­ment on all fu­ture Kia mod­els).

It has com­plex bi-modal head­lights with in­te­grated U-shaped LED driv­ing lamps at the front, new-look LED tail lights at the rear as well as taut body pan­els and an over­all stance sim­i­lar to Audi’s A3, which is not sur­pris­ing given the Rio was jointly styled in its Ger­man and Cal­i­for­nia de­sign cen­tres in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its head­quar­ters in Namyang, South Korea.

While the new de­sign hides it well, the fourth­gen­er­a­tion Rio is phys­i­cally larger than the car it re­places, mea­sur­ing 4065mm in over­all length, 1725mm in width and rid­ing on a wheel­base of 2580mm - in­creases of 15mm, 5mm and 10mm re­spec­tively - all of which cre­ate more in­te­rior space.

Among the images, Kia has also re­vealed the Rio’s heav­ily up­dated cabin which again mim­ics some el­e­ments fa­mil­iar to Audi, such as the float­ing tablet style multi-media sys­tem in the cen­tre of the dash and the main con­trols an­gled slightly to­wards the driver.

Although Kia has yet to re­veal de­tails on the model grades that will be avail­able when it ar­rives in lo­cal show­rooms early next year, it has con­firmed that it is avail­able with a choice of black or grey cloth seat trim, or black or grey ar­ti­fi­cial leather in higher grade mod­els.

An op­tional ‘Red Pack’ is aimed at spruc­ing up the cabin and ap­peal to younger buy­ers with with red ar­ti­fi­cial leather-trimmed seats.

Me­chan­i­cal de­tails for the Rio are ex­pected to be con­firmed at the Paris mo­tor show on Septem­ber 29, with the like­li­hood it will fea­ture a more fuel ef­fi­cient turbo charged en­gine hooked-up to a dual-clutch trans­mis­sion in top grade vari­ants.

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Kia’s all-new 4th gen­er­a­tion 2017 Rio.

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