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All-new Kia Rio previewed before Paris, gets new design

August 24, 2016

Kia has confirmed the official unveiling of its next-generation Kia Rio will take place at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

2017 Kia Rio

What we know so far is that the all-new Kia Rio will have a redesign for both the interior and exterior, adopting a new aesthetic language fine-tuned by its design houses in Germany and California. Kia’s main design centre in Namyang overseeing the entire project.

The wheelbase has been extended, which allows the body to adopt a larger bonnet, more upright C-pillar with contrasting straight and smooth surfaces running along the body. Cabin space is also set to increase over the current version.

Kia says the all-new Rio will offer buyers “class-leading practicality and safety technology”, and the latest connectivity features. It’s also promising a more engaging drive and handling characteristics.

The Rio is Kia’s best-seller, with a total of 473,000 sold globally last year alone. In Australia, the Rio is the third-best seller. So far this year (through July) the company has sold 4166 examples, behind the Cerato (7380) and the Sportage (6247).

Kia is understandably keeping tight-lipped in terms of further details, but confirmed it will spill the beans at 14:45 CET during the start of the big Paris event.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.