The anticipated fourth-generation Kia Rio is officially available in the country at a starting price of RM79,888. Since its global debut, the New Kia Rio has been given global recognition for its modern, stylish and robust yet premium appearance over its predecessors.
The completely restyled design of the 4th-gen Kia Rio conveys a fun and practical hatchback for city dwellers. Its innovative, sleek and aerodynamic design aims to be a crowd pleaser.
In looks, the new Kia Rio begins from the front with the redesigned lower bumper and the sleek integration of the headlights and the trademark ‘Schreyer’ tiger-nose grille. The design language of the new Rio speaks sculptured by the wind instead of penned in the studio with a solid body volume and slim side glass giving it a wide, tout appearance. From the rear, the unique tail lights are immediately distinguishable as a Rio while the tailgate handle also doubles as the housing for the rear-view camera.
Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation said, “Where previously the Kia Rio was a car for the young, the bold and premium styling of the new fourth-generation Rio will attract an even wider audience. The interior is bigger and a wider boot space than the others before. Combined with the collapsible rear seats give the new Kia Rio amazing practicality which the previous generation Rio was not able to offer.”
Thanks to a larger cabin, the new Kia has 4mm more headroom for the rear passengers, 8mm more legroom up front and 4mm more legroom at the back. It also has 25mm more shoulder room between the front passengers, and 31mm more shoulder room for the rear passengers. Furthermore, the increase in space adds to the versatility of the new Kia Rio as the tailgate is now wider by 71mm and lowered to the ground by 26mm. This means more boot space, in general.
In addition, Kia has also added a fixed quarter glass and reduced with width of the C pillar, and the rear glass area has also been widened. This allows more light inside the cabin, giving the impression of spaciousness.
The interior of the new Kia Rio has been extensively redesigned with the layout of the dashboard, giving the car with a sportier, more driver-focused design and a more premium character.
The arch-shaped dashboard, sculpted in three dimensional geometric curvature, emphasizes a spacious and airy interior. The center of the dashboard comes fitted with a floating-type audio system with 5-inch LCD touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity, emphasizing the latest technology in a trendy modern styling.
The interior of the new Kia Rio boasts practicality with its fully automatic air-conditioning, and its 60:40 folding rear seats that provide even more storage space than before. It also comes with other conveniences which the market has come to appreciate in a car of this segment such as keyless entry, push start button, powered windows, and automatic headlights with static bending lights and even LED daytime running lights.
In the powerplant department, the new Kia Rio is powered by a 1.4 MPI DOHC engine with D-CVVT. The engine is mated to a four-speed gearbox and produces 100ps and 133Nm of torque from just 4,000rpm. With seating capacity for five people, the all-new Rio also offers an impressive array of safety features such as six airbags, ISOFIX, speed sensing automatic door lock, impact sensing automatic door unlock, rear sensor, and the standard active safety systems like ABS, ESC and HAC.
Samson further added, Though the third-generation Kia Rio was popular among Malaysians with its design, good build quality and interior features, the All-New fourth-generation Kia Rio is set to build on those strengths, and take it up a notch further by combining said features with improved spaciousness, which gives it a dash of practicality on top of its good looks. The new Kia Rio offers customers a balanced product that combines everyday practicality together with a grand design and efficiency.”
Now available in the Malaysian market for RM79,888 on the road without insurance, the new Kia Rio comes in four distinctive colors: Clear White, Signal Red, Smoke Blue and Silky Silver.