PARIS -- It's hard to top a topless Ferrari, so Kia used the Paris motor show to debut a simpler offering, a redesign of the Rio subcompact -- which happens to be the automaker's biggest seller globally.
The fourth-generation hatchback grows incrementally in nearly every direction and as a result promises more space for people and gear.
With the new generation comes a new look inside and out; a mature and refined effort works hard to shake the car's econobox roots. Styling duties were handled by design studios in both California and Germany.
The inside of the new Rio offers such tech goodies as an optional 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Safety also evolves with the inclusion of automated emergency braking and lane departure warning.
The Rio is powered by variety of small gasoline and diesel engines for the European market, including a new 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder unit. There is no word on what will power the car when it comes to the U.S., where it currently uses a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder.
The new Rio hatch goes on sale in Europe in early 2017. Kia's U.S. arm hasn't confirmed timing, though it's likely the car will arrive later in the year as a 2018 model.