Wheels24 managing editor John Oxley is on the launch and will give his impressions on Tuesday. In the meantime we can reveal some info about the range, which comprises of eight models - four sedans and four hatchbacks.
Compared to the previous Rio, which was launched locally in February 2003, the wheelbase has grown by 90 mm, the height by 50 mm, and the width by 15 mm.
All derivatives are powered by a new 1.4 DOHC litre petrol engine.
The multivalve, twin-cam powerplant is rated at 70 Kw at 6 000 r/min and torque of 127 Nm at 4 700 r/min.
Standard features include power steering, air conditioning, front and rear foglamps, remote central locking, and electric windows fitted across the range.
The high spec version also gets a tuner/CD player. All versions have disc brakes front and rear, high spec models adding ABS brakes, and two airbags
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 (std), Sedan: R109 995
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 AT (std), Sedan: R119 995
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 (high), Sedan: R119 995
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 AT (high), Sedan: R129 995
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 (std), Hatchback: R109 995
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 AT (std), Hatchback: R119 995
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 (high), Hatchback: R119 995
Kia Rio 2005 1.4 AT (high), Hatchback: R129 995