Kia has launched the new Rio at the 2017 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS). This B-segment hatchback will surface very soon in Malaysia – Q2 is the target for Naza Kia – so while this serves as a preview of sorts, there are plenty of reasons why we shouldn’t take the Indonesia-spec car too literally.

Here, the fourth-gen Rio is powered by a 1.4 litre naturally aspirated engine with 100 PS and 133 Nm of torque. The Dual CVVT unit’s partner is a four-speed automatic transmission, and this combo is what we will also get. However, Indonesian buyers get an extra – and rather surprising – option of a six-speed manual gearbox. Both AT and MT Rios share the same trim level and kit count.

Speaking of kit, we’re used to getting Kias packed to the gills with features, so the sight of this modestly kitted new Rio takes some getting used to. It rolls on 15-inch alloys with skinny 185/65 rubber, and there’s manual air con inside, sitting below a “floating audio” head unit that was clearly designed/placed for a touchscreen.

Standard equipment include automatic halogen projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, a 3.5-inch LCD screen as MID, Bluetooth, steering audio buttons and dual airbags. There’s a powered sunroof, though.

Prices here start from 250 million rupiah (RM81,484) for a CBU import, so perhaps the low levels of kit was to ensure a more competitive price. Needless to say, we need (and will get) a higher level of specification for Malaysia. Like the looks of the new Kia Rio?

GALLERY: Kia Rio 1.4 MT