After its premiere during the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Kia has introduced the sedan variant of their B-Segment offering, the Rio. Like the hatchback, the Rio sedan gets its looks from its five-door counterpart, as well as a host of new features to up the ante in the B-Segment.
Being a sedan, the most notable changes can be seen on the side. At first glance, it is similar in profile up until the center section of the car. From the B-pillar and back, the roofline is more upright than the one seen on the hatchback. Also, the sedan gets a different set of rear doors, as well as a black panel to give it a faux third side window. At the rear of the 2017 Rio sedan, it gets slim rear tail lights while the trunk features a lip that has been integrated into the metal.
No visual changes were made to the front end of Kia's newest small sedan. The 2017 Rio Sedan also features the signature 'Tiger Nose' grill seen in Kia's current lineup. When compared to the soon to be outgoing model, its headlights are slimmer plus it features integrated bi-function projectors and a new U-shaped LED light signature. The fog lamps’ position is moved outwards within the front bumper, giving the 2017 Rio a wider look.
Inside, the sedan's design is the same as the hatchback. Trapezoidal aircon vents, a wraparound dashboard plus a larger touchscreen can be seen at the middle part of the cabin. In addition, the center console is now tilted towards the driver which, Kia says, improves ergonomics. At its center is a new infotainment system which Kia calls the ‘Floating HMI' or human-machine interface. It is a high-resolution touchscreen that handles the Rio's audio, navigation and new connectivity systems.
At the moment, Kia has only revealed one engine specification for the all-new Rio sedan. It's the 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine that produces 130 PS and 161 Nm of torque. Expect the engines of the hatchback model to trickle into the Rio sedan range. These include the Kappa three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbo, four-cylinder Kappa 1.2-liter, Gamma 1.4-liter and U-Line 1.4-liter turbodiesel.