We got our first take a look at the revamped 2018 Kia Rio last fall at the Paris Auto Show but the automaker waited up until New York to supply details on the United States variation of its entry level subcompact. A little larger and more accommodating than the vehicle it replaces, the recast fourth-generation Rio will be readily available here in LX/S/EX trim grades and continue to use the option of 4-door sedans and 5-door hatchbacks. The Rio guarantees to deliver higher creature conveniences, more cabin space and better dynamics.
Beyond more crisply rendered bodywork and a fresher take on Kia’s signature grille, the brand-new Rio’s restyling brings more upright pillars and shorter front/rear overhangs along with a minor wheelbase stretch that helps both appearance and packaging. Similarly crucial, the 2018 Rio trips on all-new platform that uses a greater percentage of high-strength steel to create a more stiff and robust structure that also supplies much better NVH characteristics. The Rio take advantage of a redone MacPherson strut front/torsion-beam rear suspension which provides the vehicle a more positive feel and boosted ride.
2018 Kia Rio Interior
The Rio’s remodeling has actually yielded tangible advantages inside too, with its a little bigger and better-appointed passenger compartment supplying more shoulder space and legroom in both rows. New slim-line front buckets also boast greater comfort and support while its reconfigured dash and revised center console look sharper and feature improved control designs and much better performance.
The Rio’s roster of basic equipment increases as you go up the model hierarchy, however all included cooling, Bluetooth hands-free connection, a 6-speaker stereo, satellite radio and a rear-view electronic camera. The Rio EX likewise can be fitted with a brand-new infotainment system that includes a drifting touchscreen user interface with a 7.0-inch display screen, a UVO3 voice recognition infotainment system and integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay apps.
2018 Kia Rio Engine
Sole engine in all 2018 Rio models is a modified version of the current 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma 4-cylinder that now makes 130 horse power and 119 lb-ft of peak torque. While those numbers fall 8 and 4 respective output units shy of the current engine, Kia prepares for the new Rio will deliver improved fuel economy, have much better responsiveness and enhanced low-speed driving characteristics whether fitted with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automated.
Wishing to make 5-Star crash ratings from NHTSA, the 2018 Rio’s safety devices consists of six air bags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist and vehicle stability management with a brand-new self-governing emergency situation braking alternative.
2018 Kia Rio Release Date and Price
The 2018 Kia Rio will show up in display rooms later this year. While official pricing has not been announced.