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Kia surprises with Rio reveal

2008-04-11 07:42

Hailey Philander

Kia's local suits thought it perfect to show off revised versions of its Rio hatchback and sedan at the Durban Motor Show.

Rio is now available with a subtle new look, significant upgrades to the cabin space and several tweaks beneath the metal, too.

Big news is that the revised range has been given added boost with the addition of a 1.6-litre petrol engine with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) that is good for 82 kW at 6 000 r/min and 146 Nm at 4 500 r/min.

It has a claimed top speed of 190 km/h and fuel consumption, according to the manufacturer, is at 6.4 l/100 km.

The 1.4-litre DOHC powerplant remains unchanged, dispatching 70 kW at 6 000 r/min and 127 Nm at 4 700 r/min.

Both engines are mated with Kia's five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.

However, Rio fans that would prefer turbodiesel power will not be rewarded; there are no plans to introduce the 1.5-litre unit to the range.

New Rio is sold with a two-year/45 000 km service plan (services are at 15 000-km intervals) and roadside assistance for three years or 100 000 km. It also benefits from Kia's benchmark-setting five-year/100 000 km factory warranty. This warranty will, however, only apply to facelifted models.

Furthermore, there has been a definite attempt to tidy up Rio's already neat appearance. The most obvious change is likely to be spotted at the grille, which is now festooned with three chrome crossbars, and the addition of boot and tailgate spoilers.

There are also two optional packages - the Sports package on 1.6-litre models only, and Colour package reserved for cars decked out in Tropical Red paintwork. These optional packages are only available on 1.6-litre models.

And while the standard Rio is already well equipped with an array of comfort and safety features including ABS with EBD, a full complement of airbags and electric windows among others, the Sports package also adds 16-inch alloy wheels, red stitch detail across the cabin's door panels and chrome inserts on the handbrake, door handles, steering wheel spokes and central hangdown section and sports seats

The Colour package adds even more zest to the interior, with red featuring prominently in the central sections of the seat squabs, gearknob, as inserts on the steering wheel and air conditioning controls. although this is only available on models requested with red exterior paintwork.

The revised Rio range is available immediately and prices are:
1.4 manual - R 129 995
1.4 auto - R 139 995
1.6 man - R 149 995
1.6 auto - R 159 995


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