Kia will be launching the all new 2017 Kia Rio at the upcoming Paris Auto Show. The 4th-gen model comes with a whole new, mature look that is sure to tempt many enthusiasts. The Kia Rio comes with a square-jawed look thanks to combined efforts by designers in the US, Germany and those at the company’s headquarters in South Korea.
Unfortunately, Kia will only exhibit the hatchback in Paris because the sedan version won’t be sold in France. The Kia Rio has become a very important car to the South Korean automaker. In 2015, over 473,000 units of the model were sold. The new model is set to boost sales to over 500,000 units in the 2017 model year. Read along for more information:
2017 Kia Rio Exterior
Design-wise, the Kia Rio has matured up. The new design borrows from the new design we have seen on Kia’s larger vehicles. The new Kia Rio looks sportier and comes with numerous straight and smooth lines, a huge step from the previous cheap look.
The new evolution of the automaker’s tiger-nose grille kicks off the new design. The grille is wider and shorter in height. The engine hood and front overhang are larger. The grille is flanked by bi-function U-shaped LED headlights that make the front look more stylish. The bumper has also been revised and it integrates new fog lights. The rear also looks sportier. It is characterized by a near-vertical tailgate window, thinner, arrow shaped LED taillights, a modified roof spoiler as well as a new diffuser-like element.
Dimension-wise, the Kia Rio is 0.6 inches longer and 0.2 inches wider than the outgoing model. The model is lower in height by 0.2 inches. Its wheelbase is 0.4 inches longer. While these figures don’t look that significant, they have in fact helped the model achieve a more balanced stance.
2017 Kia Rio Interior
The cabin has also been revamped. To begin with, gone are the numerous plastics that used to cover the dashboard; they have been replaced by better materials. The dash is also more driver-centered. It is characterized by a ‘floating’ high-resolution touch-screen mounted at the center. Unlike the outgoing model, the dash is much cleaner and uncluttered.
The interior is offered in black or grey cloth upholstery on the seats. Premium models feature black or faux leather upholstery. The new upholstery has helped create a more premium look for the model. Buyers can also choose a Red Pack which adds black and red faux leather upholstery on the seats. A gloss-black and metallic trim accompanies all upholstery options. The Kia Rio also features trapezoid-shaped A/C vents on the corners. Other redesigned features include the steering wheel, center tunnel, and the armrest. The model also features a new instrument cluster and new door panels.
The legroom for the rear passengers is slightly better courtesy of the slight increase in the car’s wheelbase. The automaker also revealed that the Kia Rio will offer class-reading practicability as well as safety technologies and connectivity features. The model will be easier to handle and will offer a more engaging driving experience.
Engine Specs and performance
Kia has not revealed details about the engines that will power the 2017 Kia Rio. However, the model is likely to be offered in a number of engines in Europe and a single drive-train in the US. The current model sold in the US produces 138 hp and is EPA rated at 27 mpg and 38 mpg in city and on highway drives respectively.
We believe the new model will feature a more powerful and fuel efficient engine. A performance-oriented Kia Rio is also likely. More information will be available when the model makes its debut at the Paris Auto show.
Price and release date
Like the engine, Kia is also yet to release details about the price of the 2017 Kia Rio. However, due to the numerous new changes, the 2017 Kia Rio will be more expensive than the outgoing model. The current model starts at $15,495 in the US; the new model is likely to start at around $16,500.
In addition to the hatchback, the automaker is set to offer a sedan version in the US which will attract a starting price of $15,000. Production commences towards the end of the year with sales commencing towards the end of the first quarter in 2017.
The Kia Rio is slowly catching up with the big “girls’ of this segment. Top models to beat in this segment are the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo.