2018 Kia Rio Revealed with All-New Design

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Kia has pulled the sheet from the new fourth-generation Rio before the small car makes its worldwide debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. 

The new Kia Rio gets an all-new look that features the brand’s tiger nose grille along with a new set of bi-function projections headlights with new U-shaped LED lighting.

The new Rio is slightly larger than its predecessor, growing by 0.19 inches (5 mm) in width, 0.4 inches (10 mm) in wheelbase, and 0.6 inches (15 mm) in overall length.

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Inside, Kia calls it a driver-focused cabin, with horizontal straight lines that run the length of the dashboard trying to give the interior a wider feel. The dashboard and center stack controls are now angled towards the driver, while Kia’s new infotainment interface allowed the number of buttons on the center console to be cut down.

Black or grey upholstery is available inside along with black or grey artificial leather while a new Red Pack brings along red accents throughout the inside.

Details on the powertrain and driving technology are still in the dark, with Kia simply saying that the new Rio will have “class-leading practicality and safety technology.”

The fourth-generation Rio will begin production at the end of 2016 for Europe. It is expected that the small car will arrive in the U.S. as a 2018 model, sometime in 2017. Watch for all the details when the car is fully unveiled on September 29.

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  • smartacus

    what they need is to introduce a 1.0T to compete against the Fiesta 1.0

  • Jc Coello

    Is it just me or in the side photo kinda gets BMW-ish?

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    It looks like a VW Golf.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    It does, like a smaller BMW i3.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Agreed, that would be sweet with a dual clutch.

  • windel Vernon

    Now Kia needs to complete the cycle by offering a GTI challenger in both performance and price, the latter of greater importance, of course.