Kia has taken the wraps off of its new Rio ahead of its debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The updated Rio is expected to go on sale in North America as a 2017 or 2018 model.
While Kia hasn't released many details about the new Rio, but it promises that the subcompact will finally have driving manners to match its Teutonic style.
Pry off the Kia badge, and you could easily be forgiven for thinking that the automaker's new Rio is, perhaps, a Volkswagen product. Its creased angles and wide stance speak to its German upbringing—after all, much of its design was penned in the automaker's studio in Frankfurt. Under the careful watch of the home office, Kia's studio in Southern California also had considerable influence, giving the Rio a more international flair.
The new Rio is slightly larger than its predecessor, stretching about about one-half inch longer overall and riding on a slightly longer wheelbase than before.
Between those two design studios, Kia says that its new Rio will be sharper and more dynamic to drive. We won't know that until we get behind the wheel of one, but we can at least report that it is much more stylish than before—and the same theme continues inside. An updated version of Kia's Uvo infotainment will be on board, and the new interior appears to be an evolution over its predecessor.
We don't know much about the new Rio's powertrain yet, but we can speculate that 4-cylinder gas engines and a choice of automatic and manual gearboxes will remain on offer for North America.
Look for more details about the Rio later this month.