South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer, Kia Motors, has revealed the first images of the latest model to be available in GT-Line specification, the new Rio GT-Line. Ahead of its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Rio joins the recently introduced Sportage, Picanto and Sorento GT-Line models.
With a sporty look, inside and out, the new Rio GT-Line adds to the appeal of Kia's global bestselling B-segment hatchback. The new Rio features versatility, a more responsive turbocharged engine, better handling and a sportier design in comparison to previous Rio models.
Power in a small package
Kia's 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine powers the new Kia Rio GT-Line. It is a small, yet responsive powertrain that provides sufficient acceleration while contributing to the car's dynamic handling characteristics; a result of its light weight build. The relatively low mass positioned over the front axle enables the Rio to be a fun drive, while minimal inertia contributes to a more responsive and engaging handling experience.
Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, Michael Cole, had this to say about the new addition to the brand's GT-line: "The Rio is one of Kia's best selling cars globally, and we have already sold more than 54,000 units of the new model in Europe after it went on sale in the first quarter of 2017. The new GT-Line specification enhances the car's desirability and will help grow Rio sales in 2018 and beyond, thanks to its range of comfort and safety features, superb versatility, and confident, sporty styling."
The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine provides the Kia Rio GT-Line with its peak 118 bhp at 6,000 rpm, with 171 Nm of torque available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm for maximum flexibility in all road conditions. From the third quarter of 2018, the Kia Rio GT-Line will also be available with naturally-aspirated 1.25- or 1.4-litre petrol MPi (multi-point injection) engines.
The new Rio will be launched with a six-speed manual transmission with Kia's seven-speed double clutch transmission being made available later in 2018.
The lightweight, compact and eager three-cylinder T-GDi engine is an efficient 1.0-litre engine with low emissions and is capable of 60.1 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 107 g/km.
GT design and styling DNA
The Rio's sporty five-door exterior introduces stylish new design features, such as a gloss-black and chrome 'tiger-nose' grille, unique GT-Line 17-inch alloy wheels, and 'ice-cube' LED fog lamps, echoing those of the cee'd GT and pro_cee'd GT. The exterior is finished with twin exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler and sill highlights.
The interior merges the Rio's modern styling, sculptural forms, and ergonomics with a series of unique GT-Line features, creating a cabin to match the more athletic exterior. The seats are finished in black synthetic leather and cloth with contrast grey stitching, while drivers are presented with a new 'D-cut' leather steering wheel. New metallic trim surrounds the door switches and gear lever, and the dashboard complements this with a new carbon fibre-effect finish.
More than just looks
The new Rio is the safest B-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS)-body construction and six airbags fitted as standard (front, front side, and curtain. With a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating when fitted with optional ADAS technology. The Rio offers Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian recognition, the Rio's FCA system uses a long-range radar detection system to detect potential collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians and helps bring the car to a halt*. FCA is paired with Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which alerts the driver if they stray out of their lane without the use of indicators. Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) will also be available to buyers from Q3 2018.
The Kia Rio GT-Line is also available with Kia's new Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system, designed to combat distracted or drowsy drivers. The system monitors several inputs from the vehicle and the driver, and sounds a warning chime and displays a graphic in the instrument binnacle if it senses a lapse in concentration from the driver. Familiar to current Rio owners, the Kia Rio GT-Line is available with features including; standard aluminium pedals and bi-projection headlamps, which turn into corners as the driver turns the steering wheel. The optional large 7.0-inch 'floating' touchscreen HMI (Human-Machine Interface) includes navigation, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera, heated steering wheel, and heated seats are also available.
With one of the most spacious cabins in its class, the Rio also features a split-level boot floor, enabling owners to change its height to fit items under the floor to prevent them rolling around, or to keep them out of sight. Luggage capacity is 325 litres (VDA), making it both spacious and practical.
Kia continues to add impressive looking and performing cars to its already impressive vehicle line up; all of which are a far cry from those of years gone by and proof that Kia Motors is a brand to be reconned with in the automotive industry. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the new Kia Rio GT-Line and Kia Motors in general.
Images sourced from NetCarShow: https://www.netcarshow.com/kia/2018-rio_gt-line/