B-SEGMENT PLAYER: The new iteration of Kia's popular hatcback, the Rio, will be shown for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. Image: Motorpress
Seoul – The all-new, fourth-generation Kia Rio will make its world premiere on 29 September in Paris, at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile.
The Rio’s new exterior and interior design was led by the firm’s design centres in Germany and California, in close collaboration with the company’s main design centre in Namyang, South Korea.
Due in SA in 2017
The automaker says the new model features straight lines and smooth surfacing tgo give the car a distinctive new character, other design elements include a longer front overhang and bonnet, longer wheelbase, and upright C-pillar.
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 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 introduction to South Africa touted for the first half of 2017.