New KIA Rio Hatchback 2018 (T-GDI) Exterior and Interior
The KIA Rio hatchback was showcased at Auto Expo 2018.
The Kia Rio is a B-segment hatchback. The sub-compact hatchback measures 4,065 mm in length, 1,725 mm in width and 1,450 mm in height. It has a 2,580 mm wheelbase. Kia offers it with four engines: 100 PS/120 PS 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol, 84 PS 1.2-litre MPI petrol, 100 PS 1.4-litre MPI petrol and 90 PS 1.4-litre TCI (WGT) diesel. 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic are the transmission choices.
The Kia Rio’s proportions are quite similar to those of the Hyundai i20, with which it shares a common platform. It has a completely different design, though. On the outside, it features a sleek Tiger-Nose upper grille flanked by bi-projection headlamps with LED DRLs, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler and LED tail lamps.
Interior highlights of the Kia Rio include automatic climate control, 6-speaker sound system, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob and alloy pedals.
The KIA Rio 2018 feature crisp lines and smooth surfaces. It sports Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front, which is flanked by sweptback multi-reflector halogen headlamps. The fog lamps are placed next to the functional air vents on the bumper. At the rear, the hatchback gets an upright stance with a large rear windscreen.
The car pack a host of tech features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options along with rear parking camera support. It also gets cruise control, manual AC, day/night IRVM, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat among others. In terms of safety features, it can get up to six airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), hill-start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning system and vehicle stability management.
The South Korean carmaker is set to begin its sales operation in India by 2020 and we expect the Rio to be introduced around the same time.