Kia has announced updates for its sub-compact models, the Rio and Picanto. The updated Kia Rio and Picanto now come with simplified model structures, extra equipment and new trimmings to make them even more appealing.
The new Rio 5-door line-up consists of ‘1 Air’, ‘SE’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ grades. As for the Picanto, there are now three trim grades: ‘1 Air’, ‘SE’ and ‘Sport’.
The new five-door Rio ‘1 Air’ now includes air conditioning yet is offered at the same price as the former grade ‘1’ model. The new ‘SE’ is available with a 1.25-liter petrol engine or a 1.1-liter diesel. The ‘SE’ features all the equipment which was standard on the former ‘SR7’ plus a significant package of extra items such as; automatic air conditioning, front foglights, a supervision instrument cluster, a rain sensor, cruise control and speed limiter, electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated indicators.
With the new Picanto ‘1 Air’, the entry level variant gains air conditioning as a free upgrade. This model also now benefits from Bluetooth, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and front seat belt height adjustment as no-cost additions.
The new mid-range ‘SE’ grade has all the equipment that was standard on the previous ‘SR7’, plus automatic air conditioning and Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system with the manual gearbox. This grade is offered with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine and a manual gearbox, or a 1.25-liter four-cylinder unit with automatic transmission.
The new Picanto ‘Sport’ sharp looks are enhanced by stylish new front and rear bumpers and a twin-tipped exhaust tailpipe. There are also additional side sill mouldings painted to match the body color. The ‘Sport’ models are finished in exclusive red, black or white paintwork. Sporty-looking five-barrel 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 175/50 tyres are the final finishing touch.
This is complemented by the equally sporty interior. The seats are in grey/black faux leather with striking red cloth cushions and backrests to match the inserts on the doors. There are aluminium pedals with non-slip rubber pads, while the centre fascia, steering bezel and gearshifter top are finished in classy gloss black.
Standard equipment includes satellite navigation, automatic air conditioning, cruise control and a speed limiter. ‘Sport’ models are powered by the 1.25-liter engine and are available with a manual gearbox and ISG or with automatic transmission.