Monday, September 19, 2016

The All-New 5-Door Kia Rio

The 5-door 2017 Kia Rio hatchback will be making its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show on September 29. The Kia Rio has earned itself a solid reputation for great fuel economy and being a fun-to-drive car, but the brand was determined to make it even better this time around.

In comparison to later models, the new Rio has grown in size- it is 15 millimeters longer, 5 millimeters wider and a has a wheelbase 10 millimeters longer. With a body just 5 millimeters shorter, the brand wanted to create a sportier, more dynamic version of the Rio.

In hopes to modernize the interior, the dashboard is now angled towards the driver and will house a new infotainment system and touchscreen interface in the center. The infotainment center will likely feature more connectivity options and the smartphone-driven UVO infotainment system. Additionally, the Rio will now be offered with red and black exterior color choices on the LX trim.

Kia plans for the Rio to enter production later this year for the European markets and a 2017 production start and model-year launch here in the US. If you’re a St. Louis Kia buyer, you’ll want to get your hands on this one! We’ll let you know when it arrives to Jim Butler Kia!