2015 Kia Rio Facelift says hello ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 29, 2014

The 2015 Kia Rio Facelift arrives with a new exterior and updated interior in order to maintain its position in the global best-selling car. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Kia’s Rio is company’s best-selling vehicle worldwide in 2013 and among the top-three sellers in Europe.

Just like the smaller Venga, the 2015 Rio Facelift received the new ‘tiger-nose grille’, a redesigned bumper, new fog lights as well as three new alloy wheel designs available with a diameter of 15-, 16- and 17-inches. Moreover, the rear end received a new bumper.

For the 2015MY, Kia will offer two new paint finishes called Urban Blue and Digital Yellow. Inside, we find chrome accents around the air vents, a redesigned centre-strack around the audio system, a new DAB digital radio as well as the new generation AVN (audio-video navigation) system featuring a 7-inch display screen.

When it comes to engines, Kia will offer a choice of up to four efficient engines developing between 75 and 109 hp. The engines will be mated to five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission and power will be delivered to the front wheels.

Each engine version is available with the optional start/stop technology, automatic start-stop, advanced alternator control and an upgraded starter motor. Set to go on sale in spring 2015, the new Kia Rio Facelift will be manufactured at Kia’s Sohari plant in Korea.

Press Release


Kia will celebrate the world premiere of an enhanced Kia Rio at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 2, featuring a number of improvements to maintain the competitiveness of its global best-selling car.

"The Kia Rio was our best-selling vehicle nameplate worldwide in 2013, with a total of 471,000 sales, and among our top-three sellers here in Europe with 56,821 units delivered. Improvements to this model are of major significance for our brand," commented Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe.

"The immense popularity of the Rio shows that our designers and engineers got most things 'right' when creating the fourth-generation of our compact B-segment challenger in 2011.

"The Rio retains the core attributes that have proved so popular with owners, while enhancements to the 2014 model include a slight visual makeover, giving it a fresh exterior and interior look," added Cole.

Three new alloy wheel designs (available in 15-, 16- and 17-inch) refresh the Rio's profile and a new rear bumper completes the exterior makeover. In addition, two new paint finishes (Urban Blue and Digital Yellow) will be added to the colour line-up.

The Rio's cabin is brightened by the addition of chrome accents around the four dashboard air-vents, and the fitting of a newly-designed centre-stack around the audio system.

Range-topping models have a new cloth trim as standard, while Kia is introducing the option of grey faux leather upholstery on this model.

New optional features for the 2015 Kia Rio will include a new DAB digital radio and a new generation of Kia's AVN (audio-video navigation) system with a 7.0-inch display screen, improved processing speed and faster route calculation (availability of system depends on individual markets. It will not be offered in Australia).

Depending on individual markets, the enhanced Rio will be offered in Europe with a choice of up to four highly efficient engines – ranging in power output from 55kW to 80kW – driving the front wheels via five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.

Every engine in the enhanced Rio range is available with Kia's optional second-generation fuel-stretching Start/Stop (ISG) technology (automatic start-stop, advanced alternator control and an upgraded starter motor, as well as the fitment of low-rolling resistance tyres.)

For Australia the enhanced Rio will be available with a choice of a 1.4-litre engine coupled to a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic and, in the higher specification grades, a 1.6-litre engine which comes standard with a six-speed automatic. The ISG feature will not be available for Australia at launch.

The Kia Rio hatchback is manufactured at Kia's Sohari plant in Korea. The enhanced Kia Rio is expected to go on sale across Europe early in 2015, with country-by-country availability to be decided locally.

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