Kia has taken the wraps off the 2016MY Rio five-door hatchback and also the four-door sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. The car has the same changes that were present in the European model. It was previously seen at Paris in 2014. The front face has a new grille insert bearing a geometric pattern. Other new features are the rear reflectors moved to the car’s extreme, new fog light surrounds and lower front valance. Digital Yellow and Urban Blue are the new choices for body paint.
The interior has a piano black finish that surrounds the ancillary controls and audio system. The EX trim gets a Designer Package featuring bespoke black cloth along with gray leatherette trim with gray stitching. The door panel inserts are gray-padded. The center console, steering wheel, armrest and shifter- all get a distinct gray stitching. The company has upgraded the UVO eServices1 technology.
Kia will sell both the models in three trim levels- EX, LX and SX. The range-topping model has sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloys wheels, leather-covered steering wheel and 11-inch ventilated front disc. The SX has Supervision meter cluster, rear backup camera, new interface and SiriusXM traffic, tilt/telescope steering column and an improved navigation system that features better graphics. The push button start, a power sunroof, push button start and heated front seats are standard too.
The company hasn’t brought about any changes in the engine. Therefore, the car runs on a 1.6 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that is naturally aspirated. It generates 138 bhp power at 6,300 rpm. The torque output is 167 Nm at 4,850 rpm. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed automatic gearbox which delivers the power to the front axle – that is for the hatchback. As for the sedan, a six-speed manual is used to channel the power to the wheels.