Kia takes the wraps off new Rio hatch

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By: IOL Motoring

Kia has revealed its all-new Rio hatch ahead of its world debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September.

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The all-new Rio is due in South Africa during the first half of 2017.


The new Rio is slightly larger than its predecessor, with overall length having grown by 15mm and width by 5mm, while in line with the modern trend towards more low-slung designs, overall height has been reduced by 5mm.

The car's evolutionary but undoubtedly easy-on-the-eye exterior styling is the result of a global collaboration that included Kia's design studios in Germany and California.

Inside the new model gains a high-resolution touch-screen, which also allowed Kia to reduce the number of conventional buttons on the dashboard. You can also expect a range of new connectivity systems, although Kia has not yet gone into detail on these.

Same goes for the engines, although we'd expect the mainstay of the range to be the Hyundai group's new 1-litre, three-cylinder turbopetrol that's also fitted to the i20 in Europe.

While exact local launch timing has yet to be set in stone, Kia SA is expecting the newcomer to reach our shores during the first half of 2017.

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