Naza Kia Malaysia today launched the fourth generation Kia Rio with a restyled design, priced at RM79,888 OTR without insurance.
It is available in four colours – Clear White, Signal Red, Smoke Blue and Silky Silver.
The Rio is powered by a 1.4 MPI DOHC engine with D-CVVT which generates 99hp at 6,000rpm and 133Nm peak torque from 4,000rpm, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
“Though the third-generation Rio was popular among Malaysians with its design, good build quality and interior features, the all-new fourth generation Rio is set to build on those strengths, and take it a notch further by combining said features with improved spaciousness, which gives it a dash of practicality on top of its good looks,” said Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd automotive group chief executive officer Dato’ Samson Anand George.
The car’s new design features include a redesigned lower bumper and sleek integration of the headlights as well as Kia’s trademark ‘Schreyer’ tiger-nose grille.
At the rear, it is fitted with unique taillights distinguishable as belonging to the Rio, while the tailgate handle also doubles as the housing for the rear-view camera.
Its target market has changed from the young generation to a wider audience, with a bigger interior and wider boot space than its predecessors, combined with practical collapsible 60:40 rear seats.
The fourth generation Rio has 4mm more headroom and legroom at the rear, and 8mm more legroom at the front, while shoulder room between front occupants have increased by 25mm and 31mm for rear passengers.
The tailgate is also wider by 71mm and lowered by 26mm, allowing owners to store wider, bulkier items.
Besides that, a fixed quarter glass has been installed and the width of the C-pillar reduced, while the rear glass area has been widened, allowing more light inside the cabin, giving an impression of spaciousness.
Other features include keyless entry, push start button, powered windows, automatic headlights with static bending lights and LED daytime running lights.
Safety-wise, the Rio is equipped with six airbags, Isofix, speed sensing automatic door lock, impact sensing automatic door unlock, rear sensor, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and hill assist control (HAC).