Kia has recently launched the fourth-generation Rio on several global markets as a 2018 model. This highly popular subcompact now boasts a much more refined exterior styling as well as an overhauled interior. The 2018 Kia Rio also comes slightly lower and larger, with a marginally longer wheelbase compared to its predecessor. Apart from receiving visual updates, it also benefits from improved safety and connectivity features. Expect the all-new Rio to hit most of the global markets in the first quarter of 2017. Now, the latest reports announce a GT version of the Rio hatchback to make its debut for 2018. We expect the 2018 Kia Rio GT to hit the dealerships in late 2017 or early 2018.
2018 Kia Rio Design and Features
Design-wise, the 2018 Kia Rio features a bolder and more sophisticated sheet metal than ever before. Its front end now sports the brand’s signature “tiger nose” grille, flanked by sleek-looking headlights. The rear side features a similar theme with a more upright C-pillar as well as slimmer taillights. While the front light cluster includes LED daytime running lights, the back end comes with arrow-shaped LED-infused taillights.
As for the Rio’s interior, expect it to offer a driver-focused cabin, with the dashboard and center console controls angled towards the driver’s seat. Horizontal straight lines stretching across the dashboard make the interior appear wider than it actually is. Also, the new infotainment interface reduces the number of buttons on the center stack. The 2018 Kia Rio will offer a choice between black or grey upholstery as well as black or grey faux leather.
Base Rio models will use a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder unit that’s likely to become the best-selling option. The engine will be available in 99 hp and 118 hp variants, both generating the same 127 lb-ft of torque. Expect also a naturally-aspirated 1.25-liter four-cylinder that produces 84 hp and 90 lb-ft, as well as a 1.4-liter, generating 99 hp and 97 lb-ft. The most frugal option will come in the form of a 1.4-liter turbo-diesel with either 69 hp or 89 hp.
The entry-level 2018 Kia Rio will be priced under €12,000 on most European markets. As for the U.S. market, expect it to start just above $14,000, undercutting some of its key rivals. In any case, we expect the completely redesigned Rio to become one of the best-selling models in its class.