- Paris preview for next Kia models
- Build to start by year end for Europe
- Three design centres collaborated
SEOUL, South Korea – An all-new, fourth-generation, Kia Rio will have its world premiere at the Paris auto show on September 29 2016.
The Rio’s new exterior and interior design was led by Kia design centres in Germany and California with collaboration from the company’s main design centre in Namyang, Korea.
“Straight lines and smooth surfaces,” the automaker told The Corner in a media release, “give the car a distinctive new character; a longer front overhang and bonnet, longer wheelbase and upright C pillars give the car an even more confident and balanced appearance than its predecessor.”
The 2017 Rio will, the automaker adds, offer class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and more-assured and engaging ride and handling.
The Kia Rio is the South Korean automaker’s global best-seller – certainly previous models have found great popularity in South Africa – with more than 473 000 sold globally in 2015.
The cars will go into full production towards the end of 2016 for Europe. We’ve asked Kia SA but head office has not (Aug 2016) yet named which quarter of 2017 it will be.
The Kia’s media presentation at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile will be on the afternoon of September 29. The Corner will bring you the details as soon as possible after that.
For more details on Kia products in South Africa, visit the brand’s website.