Kia unveils the first images and information about its new 2018 KIA Rio GT-Line that will make its debut at the next Geneva Motor Show.
KIA Rio GT-Line Exterior
The Rio GT-Line is recognizable by 17-inch alloy wheels, other bumpers with LED fog lamps, two exhaust tailpipes and a chromed frame of the windows. The roof spoiler and door sills are finished in high gloss black. The color palette consists of the colors black, gray, red, white, silver and yellow.
The 2018 KIA Rio GT-Line is easily recognized by 17-inch light metals, new LED fog lights, twin exhaust pipes and the chromed ‘tiger nose’ grille. The hatchback comes with the 1.0-liter T-GDi turbocharged engine. Regarding power you can opt for 100 or 120 hp, coupled with a manual five or six-speed gearbox. The car comes in the colors Aurora Black, Platinum Graphite, Signal Red, Clear White, Silky Silver and Most Yellow. The GT-line comes standard with aluminum pedals, dashboard with a carbon look and steering headlights.
The bumper is also truffled with air intakes, complemented with satin-finish and chrome-plated finishes for the calendar. Side sills, a black spoiler on the boot lid, chrome window frames and aggressive-looking exhaust tails put the finishing touch to this beautiful kit. The KIA Rio GT-Line is available in five different shades for the body: Aurora Black, Platinum Graphite, Signal Red, Clear White and Silky Silver. In the interior of the car there are also subtle differences to the rest of the KIA Rio.
KIA is satisfied with the commercial performance of the Rio in 2017 and expects its sales to grow more in 2018 with this new aesthetic pack.
KIA Rio GT-Line Interior
As part of the GT-Line look, we enjoy synthetic leather upholstered seats with gray stitching, a sportier steering wheel, metal door frames and gearshift, as well as a faux carbon fiber finish for the dashboard. The 2018 KIA Rio GT-Line will be available with the 1.0 T-GDi three-cylinder engine, with powers of 100 hp and 120 hp, which are characterized by excellent performance and low fuel consumption, 4.7 l / 100 km. Throughout 2018, the GT-Line finish will also be extended to 1.2 MPI four-cylinder engines, atmospheric access to the range.
KIA Rio GT-Line Engines
Let’s not deceive ourselves. We are talking about a more sporting aspect. The car does not present any modifications to the undercarriage or suspensions, beyond 17-inch wheels with low profile tires. Do not look for a more dynamic behavior in the car, because it is not what KIA offers. What they offer is a greater visual packaging, thanks to a body kit with a sporty look. I like the front, with a module for black fog lamps, with four LEDs. Since the KIA ceed GT released it a couple of years ago, it has become a symbol for the brand.
Side engine, it is the three-cylinder gasoline engine 1.0-liter T-GDi 120 hp and 171 Nm of torque that takes place under the hood. Combined with a six-speed manual transmission, it boasts average fuel consumption of 4.7 L / 100km and CO2 emissions of 107 g / km. During the summer, the 2018 Rio GT-Line will also receive a new gasoline engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Available in March
In the second half of 2018 will come to the Rio GT-Line range automatic changes of a double clutch and seven relations.
These versions have the complete equipment, with details to highlight as a 7-inch screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Optionally, you can enjoy a full suite of active security systems. It will start selling at the end of the current semester.
The Rio is an essential model for Kia. The South Koreans sold more than 54,000 copies of the hatchback in Europe in the first quarter of 2017.
2017 was a top year for the brand anyway. Sales increased by 8.5 percent compared to 2016. In Europe, Kia grew by 3.3 percent. A total of 472,125 cars sold in Europe.
The Kia Rio GT-Line will be available in Europe at the end of the first quarter of 2018