Kia is giving its Rio subcompact hatchback a sporty look to help it compete better against rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208.
The fourth-generation Rio will debut at the Paris auto show on Sept. 29, Kia said today.
The Rio's longer front overhang and hood, longer wheelbase, and upright C-pillar give the car a more confident and balanced appearance than the current model, Kia said in a statement. Straight lines and smooth surfacing give the car a distinctive new character, the company said.
The Rio's exterior and interior design was led by Kia's design centers in Frankfurt, Germany, and Irvine, Calif., working closely with the company’s main design center in Namyang, Korea.
Kia said the Rio will offer class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and better ride and handling characteristics. The comapy gave no details ahead of the car's Paris debut.
The Rio is Kia's best-selling model globally, with more than 473,000 sold last year.
In the U.S., Kia sold 17,062 Rios through July, a 9.6 percent increase compared with the same period in 2015.