First Look: Kia Rio Hatchback. Kia revealed a total of 17 cars, including the SP concept, at the Auto Expo 2018. The South Korean carmaker is set to begin its sales operation in India by 2020 and we expect the Rio to be introduced around the same time. The hatchback is based on the Hyundai-Kia GB platform that also underpins the Elite i20.
The 2018 Rio feature crisp lines and smooth surfaces. It sports Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front, which is flanked by sweptback multi-reflector halogen headlamps. The fog lamps are placed next to the functional air vents on the bumper. The doors are scooped out and alloy wheels are 15-inchers. At the rear, the hatchback gets an upright stance with a large rear windscreen.
The car pack a host of tech features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options along with rear parking camera support. It also gets cruise control, manual AC, day/night IRVM, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat among others. In terms of safety features, it can get up to six airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), hill-start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning system and vehicle stability management.
Powering the Rio is a 1.6-litre petrol engine capable of producing 130PS of maximum power and 161Nm of peak torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.