2018 KIA Rio GT-Line Preview

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.

The KIA Rio is the utilitarian star of the Korean brand. It is a car that we have been able to try, leaving us with an excellent taste as an alternative to the SEAT Ibiza FR or the Ford Fiesta ST Line, recently renewed in both cases. Even being a car much improved in all aspects of its predecessor, it lacked some visual aggression, nerve. Therefore, KIA has decided to take advantage of the imminent Geneva Motor Show and present the GT-Line version of the KIA Rio, following in the footsteps of cars such as the KIA Picanto or the KIA Sportage, which have already enjoyed a more sporty and dynamic look for months. We already know Kia’s GT-Line from the Stinger, the Sportage, the Sorento, the Optima, the Cee’d and the Picanto. Now the Rio may also join this list.
Presented in September 2016 at the Paris Motor Show, the fourth generation of Kia Rio will again be in the spotlight at the next Geneva Motor Show. The city will present itself in a new version GT-Line (photo). The little South Korean will gain in “sportiness”.
Like the Sportage, Picanto, and Sorento who were also entitled to the badge “GT-Line,” the Rio thus gains a specific look, both outside and inside. It includes a new grille, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and LED fog lights modeled after the Ceed GT and Ceed GT. At the rear, there is also a new bumper, a gloss black roof spoiler and a dual exhaust.
On board, the changes are on the other hand much less significant. The seats combine fabric and black leather, and the dashboard finished with a new carbon fiber finish.

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

The interior of the Rio GT-Line is a combination of black imitation leather and gray fabric. The switches have a metallic finish, and also aluminum pedals are part of the GT-Line party. Where the GT-Line on the Picanto is only available in combination with the most powerful engine, there is a choice of two petrol engines at the Rio: the 1.0-liter T-GDI with 100 hp or 120 hp. Kia links the power source to a manual five or six-speed gearbox. The launch of the Rio GT-Line is planned for the Geneva Motor Show, which takes place in the first week of March.

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.img_smoreno_20180126-135223_imagenes_lv_terceros_kia20rio20gt20line202-kM7F-U44294803246aoB-992x558@LaVanguardia-Web

Available in March

Finally, the South Korean is full of technologies, particularly concerning safety with, among others, pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, monitoring the driver’s vigilance or useful aid to maintain trajectory (available in the third quarter of 2018).

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