Geneva 2011 – Kia Rio – rpmGo.com

Kia Rio

The previous generations of the Kia Rio were very boring, but the fourth one that was just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show looks very cool, just like the rest of the automaker’s lineup. The new model is longer, wider, lower and looks ten times better. Thanks to the fact that it has grown in size, the Rio can now offer more space, more comfort and more storage capacity.

Kia Rio

The new Rio has a very interesting optional feature, called Emergency Stop Signal, which flashes the brake lights for three times in order to let the other drivers behind the car know that there is sudden braking to be had ahead.

Kia Rio

Although it is a tiny car, buyers will be able to get the automatic start/stop system, LED daytime running lights, heated seats, Bluetooth and iPod/USB ports.

Kia Rio

As we mentioned before, the new Rio is 20 mm longer, 25 mm wider and 15 mm lower. In addition, more space inside is offered thanks to the extended wheelbase that now measure 2,570 mm, which is 70 mm more in comparison to the previous generation. Cargo capacity is also up by 7% to 280 liters. A premiere for the Rio is the fact that with this fourth generation, the car will be available in both 3-door (in Europe) and 5-door body styles.

Kia Rio

For the European market, the Kia Rio will be offered with a choice of three and four-cylinder engines that will have a power output from 70 to 90 hp and a CO2 rating of only 85 g/km. Fuel consumption will also be extremely low as the car will be able to do 73.5 mpg (3.2 liters / 100 km).

Kia Rio

If you prefer diesels, Kia will offer a 1.1-liter power unit that produces 70 hp and 162 Nm of torque, as well as a more powerful 1.4-liter plant that churns 90 hp and 216 Nm of torque. The most powerful engine will be a 1.4-liter gasoline plant that will output 109 hp and 136 Nm, allowing the Rio to do the 0-60 mph sprint in 11.5 seconds, onto a top speed of 112 mph (181 km/h). There is another engine, a 1.25-liter power unit that has 85 hp and 118 Nm and will do 49 mpg (4.8 liters / 100 km).

Kia Rio

The standard Kia Rio models will have CO2 emissions of 94-to-124 g/km. However, for the European-spec model, customers can get the car with the optional ISG technologies, like advanced alternator control, automatic start/stop, low-rolling resistance tires and upgraded starter motor – all of them allowing the Rio to have CO2 emissions from 85-to-114 g/km and a fuel consumption of 3.2-4.8 liters / 100 km.

Kia Rio

As standard, the fourth generation of the Rio will be fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox, except for the 1.25-liter 85 hp engine which will get a 5-speed transmission and the 1.4-liter 109 plant that can be mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox (optional feature).

Source: Carscoop

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