We got our first take a look at the revamped 2018 Kia Rio last fall at the Paris Auto Show however the automaker waited until New York to provide information on the United States version of its entry level subcompact. Somewhat bigger and more accommodating than the vehicle it replaces, the recast fourth-generation Rio will be available here in LX/S/EX trim grades and continue to provide the option of 4-door sedans and 5-door hatchbacks. The Rio guarantees to provide higher creature conveniences, more cabin space and better characteristics.
Beyond more crisply rendered bodywork and a fresher take on Kia’s signature grille, the new Rio’s restyling brings more upright pillars and shorter front/rear overhangs together with a minor wheelbase stretch that helps both look and packaging. Equally crucial, the 2018 Rio flights on all-new platform that uses a greater percentage of high-strength steel to develop a more rigid and robust structure that likewise offers much better NVH attributes. The Rio benefits from a redone MacPherson strut front/torsion-beam rear suspension which provides the vehicle a more confident feel and boosted ride.
The Rio’s transformation has yielded concrete advantages inside as well, with its slightly larger and better-appointed passenger compartment offering more shoulder space and legroom in both rows. New slim-line front pails likewise boast greater convenience and assistance while its reconfigured dash and modified center console look sharper and feature improved control layouts and better performance. The Rio’s lineup of basic equipment rises as you go up the model hierarchy, however all featured cooling, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a 6-speaker stereo, satellite radio and a rear-view camera. The Rio EX also can be fitted with a brand-new infotainment system that consists of a drifting touchscreen user interface with a 7.0-inch display screen, a UVO3 voice acknowledgment infotainment system and integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay apps.
Sole engine in all 2018 Rio models is a revised variation of the existing 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma 4-cylinder that now makes 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of peak torque. While those numbers fall 8 and 4 particular output systems shy of the current engine, Kia prepares for the brand-new Rio will deliver improved fuel economy, have better responsiveness and improved low-speed owning dynamics whether fitted with the basic 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automated. Wishing to make 5-Star crash scores from NHTSA, the 2018 Rio’s security equipment consists of six air bags, electronic stability control, hill-start help and vehicle stability management with a new self-governing emergency situation braking option.
The 2018 Kia Rio will get here in showrooms later this year. While official prices has actually not been announced.