2019 Kia Rio Price And Release Date – Introduced in 2000 as the company’s affordable, global subcompact, the Kia Rio is already in its fourth-generation as of 2016. Redesigned from the ground up for the 2019 model year, Kia’s small hatchback made its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show before going on sale in Europe and the United States in the first quarter of 2019.
2019 Kia Rio Future
Much like its Hyundai-badged sister model, the i20, the Kia Rio received a thorough makeover, now featuring a sportier exterior with styling cues borrowed from its larger, newer siblings. Longer, wider, and lower, the fourth-gen Rio aims to draw more customers into dealerships, particularly those who would rather purchase a Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo. Kia promises “class-leading practicality and safety technology,” and more “engaging ride and handling characteristics” to go with the more aggressive design.
2019 Kia Rio Exterior And Interior
Design-wise, the fourth-generation Kia Rio is a massive step forward, borrowing styling cues from the company’s larger vehicles. The result of a collaboration between Kia’s design centers in Germany and the U.S., the new Rio features more straight lines and smoother surfaces, which give it a sportier appearance, as well as ditching the somewhat cheap look of the outgoing model. The front overhang and engine hood are longer, while everything from the headlamps to the bumper has been thoroughly redesigned.Much like the exterior, the Rio’s interior is a massive improvement compared to the outgoing model. The massive chunk of plastic that Kia used to call a dashboard is now gone, replaced by a more modern looking panel that’s angled toward the driver. Featuring a “floating”, high-resolution touchscreen in the center, the dash is also cleaner to look at. Other changes include trapezoidal A/C vents at the corners, a redesigned steering wheel, new door panels, a redesigned center tunnel and armrest, and a new instrument cluster.
2019 Kia Rio Engine
Although it has yet to reveal the full engine lineup for the new Kia Rio, Kia has confirmed that the hatchback will get the company’s latest 1.0-liter T-GDI unit. The turbocharged, three-cylinder gasoline engine has already made its debut in the Hyundai i20, the Rio’s sister model, with 98 horsepower, and the Kia will probably benefit from the same amount. The Korean carmaker claims that the three-pot gives the Rio “keen front-end handling, with less mass and inertia for the car to work against under cornering.”Depending on the market, the engine lineup should also include 1.2- and 1.4-liter gasoline engines, as well as 1.1- and 1.4-liter diesel mills. The output will range between 73 to 98 horsepower for gas units and between 73 to 88 horsepower for diesel. Torque figures for oil burners will vary between 130 to 180 pound-feet.
2019 Kia Rio Price And Release Date
Pricing for the Rio should be higher than the current model, which retails from €9,990 in Germany and from $15,495 in the United States. Expect the hatchback to start from at least €11,000 in Germany and from around $16,500 in the U.S. North America will also get a sedan version, which will cost around $15,000 before options.