Immediately after the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, automakers are now shifting their focus to the next major event, and that is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that will be taking place in March. One of the first companies that have teased us with what’s soon to come would be Land Rover, with their fancy new Range Rover SV Coupe. Now, it is Kia’s turn as they are ready to reveal the sporty GT Line specification for its Rio supermini.
To give you a refresher, some models that are members of the GT Line family include the Picanto, Sportage, Optima and Sorento, and this new Rio GT Line is simply a visual pack that will give the B-segment hatchback a sportier exterior appearance. Up front, there will be a set of four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights, as it sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels that you can only get in this version. Kia has also added a few glossy black accents all over the model, contrasted with a chrome window trim and twin exhaust tips.
As for the interior, there aren’t a lot of things to discuss because the Rio GT will have the same interior as the standard Rio models. In fact, the only interior upgrade it gets is that it is now covered in a black synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, metallic accents, and carbon fiber look for the dashboard. It also gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel that gets a “GT Line” badge.
For those of you who are interested, the Kia Rio GT Line will still be offered in the same engines available for the other trim levels. Having said that, customers can choose from either a naturally aspirated 1.25- and 1.4-liter gasoline units or the newer three cylinder turbocharged unit.
The 1.4 liter gas engine has a 1.0 liter displacement that can carry out 118 horsepower and 171 Newton metres (126 pound feet) of torque. This is paired with a six speed manual gearbox that sends power to the wheels. But there is also an option to upgrade to a seven-speed dual clutch that will be available later on, sometime in the third quarter of this year.
Kia’s newest Rio GT Line will be the perfect car to match models like the Ford Fiesta ST Line as well as the Volkswagen Polo R-Line. This will give customers a choice to get a sporty supermini car that is not priced as much as a top hot hatch.
Chief Operating Officer of KIA Motors Europe, Michael Cole, stated that the Rio is one of the company’s best-selling models globally, with over 54,000 units delivered in Europe just in the first quarter of 2017. And the Rio GT Line is expected to contribute significantly to a boost in sales.