Kia will reveal an all-new Rio supermini at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, ahead of UK sales beginning in early 2017.
The new car has been teased here in sketches, showing a design that’s a clear evolution of the current model, but much tidier and neater in its execution.
Gone are the oddball creases in the front doors and smoother surfacing appears to give it a more premium look.
Kia says the front overhang and bonnet are longer, for a better-balanced design, and a stretched wheelbase promises more interior space. The C-pillar is more upright than today’s model as well.
Inside, it has a “progressive” interior, one that appears to include provision for a smart touchscreen infotainment system that’s bigger and more sleekly integrated than today’s model.
Boldly, Kia’s claiming “class-leading practicality” which, in a sector that includes the voluminous Honda Jazz amongst others, will be a claim to keep an eye on.
Ride and handling will be “more assured and engaging” and safety tech will also be class-leading. Engines? As it’s derived from the latest Hyundai i20, expect fancy new turbo petrols to feature heavily.
Kia reminds us of something not many know either: the Rio is its best-selling model globally, with nearly 475,000 units sold in 2015 alone. It’s thus an important car, one that’s been designed globally to ensure all markets are happy: Kia designers in South Korea, Frankfurt and California have all worked on developing the new Rio.
What time will we see the real thing? 1415h CET on 29 September, at Kia’s Paris Motor Show stand in Hall 3.