The 3rd generation Kia Rio (UB) which appeared in 2011 is going to be replaced by an all-new 4th generation model for 2017 and is supposed to be revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this year. Kia has tweaked the Rio with a leaner & meaner look.
The South Korean automaker previously released design renderings of the Rio, and now come official photos of the car. Kia claims that much of the styling changes were made to emphasize width inside and out. The headlights are slimmer and more aggressive than the wide-eyed lamps of the previous model, and much of the gently curving sheet metal has been removed in favor of more flat planes. Not only that, but the new Rio is slightly longer, wider, and shorter than its predecessor.
Inside, Kia has spruced things up with what looks like a nicer mix of materials. The most unusual part of the interior is the infotainment system, which Kia describes as “floating.” The infotainment system extends up and off the dashboard. Kia didn’t reveal any other specs about the car, but more details will likely come during the Paris Motor Show. This updated Rio is an important model for Kia, as last year it sold 473,000 units worldwide.
With Dewan Farooque Motors having applied for resuming vehicle productions at its closed unit in Pakistan, the Kia Rio remains a concrete option that can be launched in our country. It remains to be seen whether Dewan will bring here the 3rd generation (UB) Rio, or the 4th generation pictured above. However as per the early reports, the production of Kia vehicles in Pakistan may commence towards the latter half of 2017, considering this, one may expect Dewan to launch the updated version here.
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