Fourth-gen Kia Rio 1

Ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Kia has unveiled the fourth-generation Kia Rio, which arrives wearing a brand-new design, courtesy of Kia’s design centres in Germany and California. According to the carmaker, the new Rio will enter production towards the end of 2016 for Europe, with production timings for other regions to be announced closer to launch.

Breaking out the measuring tape, the new Rio measures 4,065 mm in length (+15 mm), 1,725 mm in width (+5 mm), 1,450 mm in height (-5 mm). The wheelbase has also grown by 10 mm to 2,580 mm, accompanied by a longer front overhang and shorter rear overhang as well.

The new look here starts with the latest evolution of Kia’s “tiger nose” front grille, which has a hint of the Optima PHEV in its design – thinner and wider. Flanking the grille grille is a pair of projector headlamps, which are slimmer than on the previous car, and come with U-shaped LED signature lighting.

Moving on, the car’s fog lamp enclosures have also been redesigned, with the lighting element positoned closer to the main headlamps. The lower grille is also new here, with a different mesh design, and appears to host what appears to be a radar sensor as well.

Fourth-gen Kia Rio 4

Profile-wise, the new car’s long bonnet (and increased front overhang) are certainly very noticeable, as are the flashy 17-inch, eight twin-spoke alloy wheels (wrapped with 205/45 Continental ContiSportContact tyres). Look closely, and you’ll notice the wing mirrors have been repositioned closer to the A-pillars as well.

As for the rear of the Rio, the entire section has been redone to be more upright, with a near-vertical windscreen, New “arrow-shaped” tail lamps are also part of the updates, along with a new rear hatch and repositioned rear fog lamp/reflector.

Inside, there is a brand-new dashboard which is more upright than before, highlighted by a “floating” high-resolution colour touchscreen infotainment display. New switchgear for the car’s single-zone automatic air-con and quirky-looking vents are part of the interior overhaul too, along with a steering wheel that looks identical to that on the Optima PHEV.

Fourth-gen Kia Rio 3

As far as the eye can see, the kit list on the Rio includes ventilated seats, start-stop engine idling, heated steering wheel, tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, steering-mounted media controls, navigation function and TFT colour multi-info display.

According to Kia, the new Rio is available with a choice of black or grey cloth seat upholstery, or with black or grey leather. With the optional “Red Pack,” the car gains black with red leather-trimmed seats throughout the cabin. The cabin itself features gloss black and metallic trim throughout, for a more “modern” finish. Kia also claims the Rio’s new cabin is more ergonomic and gives a better sense of space than its predecessor.

No details on the powertrain options that will be available for the Rio, but expect a range of direct-injected petrol engines to be part of the mix. A six-speed manual is a definite transmission offering (as you can see), along with other automatic options.