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

Article by Christian A., on September 29, 2014

On October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show, Kia will be unveiling to the global public an enhanced version of the Kia Rio, which now comes loaded with an array of improvements that should help it remain competitive around the world.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, noted that the Rio was the brand’s best-selling nameplate around the world in 2013, with total sales pegged at 471,000 units. He added that the new Rio is one of Kia’s top 3 units in Europe with 56,821 units sold. He remarked that Kia considers the improvements made to the new Rio as significant.

Cole quipped that the massive popularity of the nameplate is proof that Kia’s designers and engineers managed to get most things 'right' when creating the fourth generation of the Rio in 2011. He added that for 2014, the Rio is building on the core attributes that made it popular with customers, while adding a number of enhancements to give the B-segment challenger a fresher appearance inside and outside.

For instance, the new Kia Rio is provided with a new rear bumper and is now available with three new alloy wheel designs (15 inches to 17 inches). Its color palette has also been expanded by two additions: Digital Yellow and Urban Blue paint finishes.

Inside, the new Kia Rio now has chrome accents around its four dashboard air-vents. It is also provided by a newly designed center stack around the audio system. Top-of-the-range models feature a new cloth trim as standard, while grey faux leather upholstery is optional.

For the 2015 model year, the new Kia Rio is equipped with a new DAB digital radio and a new generation of the carmaker’s AVN (audio-video navigation) system featuring a 7.0-inch display screen. This next-gen system boasts of improved processing speed as well as faster route calculation.

Depending on markets where it will be offered, the 2015 Rio will be available in Europe in any of the four highly efficient engines with power outputs pegged at between 55 kW and 80 kW. Power is sent to the front wheels through a five- or six-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission.

Each of these engines could be availed with Kia's optional second-generation Start/Stop (ISG) technology. Along with low-rolling resistance tires, this technology – featuring an automatic start-stop, advanced alternator control and upgraded starter motor systems -- could help save more fuel during a trip.

In Australia, the 2015 Kia Rio will be equipped with any of the two available engines. The 1.4-liter engine is mated to a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, while the 1.6-liter engine is paired as standard to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Kia won't be offering the ISG technology in Australia at launch.

Built at Kia’s Sohari manufacturing site in South Korea, the Kia Rio hatchback will be sold in Europe in early 2015. Country-by-country availability will be decided depending on location.

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ENHANCED KIA RIO SET FOR PARIS SHOW WORLD PREMIERE

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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