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All-new 2017 Kia Rio revealed

The all-new 2017 Kia Rio has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September.

THE ALL-NEW 2017 Kia Rio has been revealed overnight and will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of this month.

In typical fashion, design of the new Rio was a collaboration between the Korean car maker’s design studios in Germany and Korea. And Kia says: “The appearance of the new Rio is defined by straight lines and smooth surfacing, giving the car a distinctive, confident new look”.

new Kia Rio

Sticking with the looks, the new Rio gets the latest-generation tiger-nose grille which isn’t as tall as it is on the current car and is wider too. The fog lights have also been moved outwards on the Rio to create the illusion of the car being wider than it really is. That said, it’s now 5mm wider than it was at 1725mm.

The new Rio rides on a 10mm longer wheelbase (2580mm) and is, overall, 15mm longer at 4065mm and 5mm shorter at 1450mm (in height) than its predecessor. The rear end gets new, thinner tail-lights with an “arrow-shaped LED light signature”.

new Kia Rio interior

The interior has been redesigned with a new floating infotainment and communications touchscreen which has, says Kia, allowed it to remove a lot of the buttons on the centre console. Fortunately, the removal of buttons doesn’t include relocating climate control to the touchscreen unit. The new Rio is available with a choice of black or grey cloth seat upholstery, or with black or grey artificial leather.

Pricing and production details will be released closer to the local launch of the new Rio.

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Isaac Bober

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