NEW YORK -- When the fourth-generation Kia Rio arrives at U.S. dealerships this year, customers will find sharper styling and more available tech features on the subcompact.
The New York auto show marked the U.S. debut of the 2018 Rio sedan and 5-door variant. Kia first unveiled the redesigned 5-door in September at the Paris auto show. Styling of the sedan and 5-door was led by Kia’s design centers in Frankfurt, Germany, and Irvine, Calif., which worked closely with the company’s main styling studio in Namyang, South Korea.
Both Rios now feature a more refined and squared-off front end with a thinner and wider “tiger nose” grille. The rear of the Rios are now more upright.
The latest Rios sit on an all-new platform, are larger than the outgoing models and are now underpinned by new suspension geometry. The spring and damper setup has also been revised.
The sedan and 5-door are lower and wider for “a more balanced and athletic stance compared to the outgoing model,” Kia says.