Kia Rio
(4th Gen)

4th Gen Kia Rio Front Image
  • Model Year 2017 to Onwards
  • Class Subcompact Car
  • Layout Front-Engine, FWD
  • Style 3-door Hatchback
    4-door Sedan
    5-door Hatchback
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The Kia Rio 4th Generation is a subcompact car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Kia since November 1999 and now in its fourth generation. Body styles have included a three and five-door hatchback and four-door sedan, equipped with inline-four gasoline and diesel engines, and front-wheel drive. The Rio replaced the first-generation Pride-a rebadged version of the Ford Festiva and the Avella, a subcompact sold as a Ford in some markets. A second generation was introduced in 2005 in Europe and 2006 in North America, sharing its platform with the Hyundai Accent, a subcompact manufactured by its sister Hyundai Motor Company in South Korea. Kia Motors presented the fourth generation Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new car was designed in Kia's California and Germany design centers and features longer front overhangs, a bigger hood and a more upright C-pillar. The hatchback model is 15 mm longer, 5 mm wider and 5 mm shorter in height than its predecessor. Production began by the end of 2016. In European markets, the car is only offered in hatchback form while the U.S. market will receive both hatchback and sedan forms. For the North American market, the Rio will be manufactured alongside the Kia Forte at the Pesqueria plant in Mexico. Unlike the previous generations, the fourth generation Rio is not offered in the South Korean market. Instead, the Rio based Stonic crossover takes its place. For the Malaysian market, the fourth generation Rio was launched in July 2017 available with only one trim level with only the hatchback bodystyle and powered by a 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated Dual CVVT four-cylinder engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission. For the 2018 update, a 6-speed transmission replaced the 4-speed transmission and 16 inch alloys replaced the previous 17 inch.

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