The fourth-generation Kia Rio was launched just moments ago by official distributor, Naza Kia Sdn. Bhd. The totally restyled hatchback now carries a sleeker, aerodynamic design, a suitable continuation considering its popularity with urban dwellers.
“Though the third-generation Kia Rio was popular among Malaysians with its design, good build quality and interior features, the all-new fourth-generation Kia Rio is set to build on those strengths, and take it up a notch further by combining said features with improved spaciousness, which gives it a dash of practicality on top of its good looks,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
The new Kia Rio now boasts a front-end with redesigned lower bumper and trademark ‘Schreyer’ tiger-nose grille integrated with the car’s headlamps. At the back, you can also spot a rear-view camera built into the tailgate handle. Kia describes the car as being sculptured by the wind instead of penned in the studio with a solid body volume and slim side glass, to give it a wider, tout appearance.
Inside, there’s 4mm more headroom for the rear passengers, 8mm additional legroom up front and 4mm more legroom for the back. Front passengers get 25mm more shoulder room between them while the those in the rear gets up to 31mm more (shoulder room).
The increased space also gives practicality a boost as its 71mm wider tailgate – and is 26mm lower to the ground – allows for easier loading of items into the car, particularly wider or heavier ones. Wheels are 17 inches.
The arch-shaped dashboard now sports a more driver-focused feel, as well as having a more premium character. In the centre is a floating-type audio system with 5-inch LCD touchscreen.
Features include fully-automatic air-conditioning, 60:40 folding rear seats, keyless entry, push-start button, automatic headlights with static bending lights and LED DRLs. Also, there is the Hill-Start Assist Control function, automatic rain sensor, and rear parking sensor with reverse camera.
Powering the front wheels is a 1.4-litre MPI DOHC with D-CVVT which generates 100ps and 133Nm of torque. The gearbox is, curiously, a 4-speed automatic. Yes, readers, we know.
It is priced at RM79,888, OTR without insurance. Purchase includes a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Colour options are Clear White, Signal Red, Smoke Blue, and Silky Silver.
The safety features include six airbags, speed-sensing automatic doors, impact-sensing automatic door unlock, as well as Vehicle Stability Management.
First 50 buyers will get a special introductory package of free 3 time service and maintenance at any authorised Naza Kia service centre. This is inclusive of parts and labour.