Kia has revealed the first images of the new Rio GT-Line ahead of its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
It will go on sale in Europe in the spring.
There has been no announcement if it will be coming to Canada.
The Rio is the latest model to be available in GT-Line specification, following the recent introduction of Sportage, Picanto and Sorento GT-Line models.
The Rio GT-Line is powered by Kia’s 1.0-litre 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 lightweight.
The new Rio GT-Line arrives in Europe during spring 2018.
Design: New GT styling cues
The Rio’s sporty five-door exterior introduces stylish new design features, such as a gloss-black and chrome “tiger-nose” grille and unique GT-Line 17-inch alloy wheels.
The exterior is finished with twin exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler and sill highlights.
The interior merges the Rio’s modern styling, sculptural forms, and ergonomics with a series of unique GT-Line features, creating a cabin to match the more athletic exterior.
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.
Its 1.0-litre T-GDi engine provides the Rio GT-Line with its peak 118 hp.
The Rio GT-Line is also available with Kia’s new Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system, designed to combat distracted or drowsy drivers.
The system monitors several inputs from the vehicle and the driver, and sounds a warning chime and displays a graphic in the instrument binnacle if it senses a lapse in concentration from the driver.
With one of the most spacious cabins in its class, the Rio also features a split-level trunk 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 litres, making it both spacious and practical.
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