Kia previewed the new Kia Rio GT-Line prior to its Geneva Motor Show premiere. The Rio GT-Line is the latest to join the Sportage, Picanto and Sorento GT-Line models.
The Rio GT-Line is powered by Kia’s 1.0-liter T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine, a responsive powertrain that provides willing acceleration and contributes to the car’s dynamic handling characteristics thanks to its light weight. The engine provides 118 bhp at 6,000 rpm, with 171 Nm of torque available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. The relatively low mass over the front axle ensures the Rio remains fun to drive, with minimal inertia facilitating responsive, engaging handling. The Rio GT-Line is capable of 60.1 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 107 g/km. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. From Q3, the Rio GT-Line will also be available with naturally-aspirated 1.25- or 1.4-liter petrol MPi (multi-point injection) engines, and Kia’s seven-speed double clutch transmission.
In looks, the little Kia takes up a gloss-black and chrome ‘tiger-nose’ grille, unique GT-Line 17-inch alloy wheels, and ‘ice-cube’ LED fog lights. The exterior is finished with twin exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler and sill highlights.
The inside has modern styling, sculptural forms, and ergonomics with a series of unique GT-Line features. The seats are finished in black synthetic leather and cloth with contrast grey stitching, while drivers are presented with a new ‘D-cut’ leather steering wheel. New metallic trim surrounds the door switches and gear lever, and the dashboard complements this with a new carbon fibre-effect finish.
The Rio GT-Line is available with many features familiar to current Rio owners, including standard aluminium pedals and bi-projection headlights, which turn into corners as the driver turns the steering wheel. In addition, the optional large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (Human-Machine Interface) includes navigation, and CarPla and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera, heated steering wheel, and heated seats are also available.
The new Rio is the safest B-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring a High Strength Steel (AHSS)-body construction and six airbags fitted as standard (front, front side, and curtain. With a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating when fitted with optional ADAS technology. The Rio offers Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian recognition, the Rio’s FCA system uses a long-range radar detection system to detect potential collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians and helps bring the car to a halt. FCA is paired with Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) will also be available to buyers from Q3 2018. The Rio GT-Line is also available with Kia’s new Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system, designed to combat distracted or drowsy drivers.
With one of the most spacious cabins in its class, the Rio also features a split-level boot floor, enabling owners to change its height to fit items under the floor to prevent them rolling around, or to keep them out of sight. Luggage capacity is 325 liters.
The Kia Rio GT-Line rolls out across Europe by the end of the first quarter of the year.