Kia Motors showcased the Rio hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo. The new-generation Kia Rio hatchback made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, whereas its sedan version, the new Kia Rio was showcased to the public at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The Kia Rio hatchback will compete in the premium hatchback space with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz, while the sedan version will rival the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Exterior wise, the Kia Rio hatchback looks bolder and comes with some changes in the dimensions as well, when compared to its predecessor. The hatch now sits slightly lower and is also a bit longer by 16mm that gives it an imposing stance. The Kia Rio sedan has also been redesigned from ground-up. The Rio sedan borrows its design and styling from the Rio hatchback. Both the cars get the same face and the same exterior equipment like the stylish headlamp cluster, foglamps, electric ORVMs, to name a few. But the well-designed rear section makes it look proportionate and stylish. Both the Rio sedan and hatchback come with Kia's signature tiger nose grille with sweptback headlamps, round foglamps with chrome bezels and large hexagonal airdam, and will ride on the new 15-inch alloy wheels that look nice on the hatch but appear to be a bit smaller for the sedan. Both are built on the same platform as the Hyundai Verna.
Inside, the the Rio hatchback comes with an all-black cabin, the Rio sedan gets a dual black and red tone treatment with matte red panels for the dashboard, door inserts and red stitching for the upholstery. In terms of features, the cars come with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There is also a three-spoke steering wheel with controls for music, telephony and other features like automatic climate control. There is also a wide hand rest between the driver and passenger seat. Under the hood, the Rio hatchback and sedan will also borrow their powertrains from the Hyundai Verna. This means you get the same 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines along with a 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre diesel engine, whereas the transmission duties will be carried out by manual and automatic gearboxes.