Say ‘Hiya!’ to the new Kia: Rio for Paris show

  • Paris preview for next Kia models
  • Build to start by year end for Europe
  • Three design centres collaborated
Next Kia for launch at 2016 Paris auto show. Image: Newspress/Kia
STILL SPORTY, STILL STYLISH: This is the 2017 Kia Rio that will be launched at the 2016 Paris auto show at the end of September. Image: Newspress/Kia

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.”

Next Kia for launch at 2016 Paris auto show. Image: Newspress/Kia
STILL WITH THE KIA DOUBLE KINK: Next Kia Rio will maintain the twin kinks along its flanks now copied by other automakers. Image: Newspress/Kia

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.

FLASHBACK: The previous Kia Rio - this one a two-door. Image: Kia
FLASHBACK: The previous Kia Rio – this one a two-door. Image: Kia

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.

READ MORE Kia Rio features on Carman’s Corner

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.

Next Kia for launch at 2016 Paris auto show. Image: Newspress/Kia
TOUCH OF VOLVO? Seems the next Kia Rio has a “bridge” to which the front passenger can cling if the driver decides on a fling. Image: Newspress/Kia
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