Kia reworks design on new 2010 Rio

Kia reworks design on new 2010 Rio

Kia Rio 2010 fq

The 2010 Rio is the latest Kia model to receive an injection of design dna from Kia Motors’ German-based chief designer Peter Schreyer.

The new tiger nose grille that is the focus of the re-styled front of the new Rio which is just arriving in New Zealand showrooms. The five-door Rio hatchback is the first to appear and will be joined within weeks by the four-door Rio sedan.

The rear of the Rio has also received treatment, a new bumper complete with a plastic diffuser and exposed chromed tail pipe and new eight-spoke alloy wheels, body-coloured mouldings and re-designed side mirrors with LED turn signals built into the housing round off the exterior changes.

Inside, the 2010 has a brand new dashboard featuring a textured surface, plus new grey colours and upholstery materials. A revised centre stack with new audio system, redesigned instrument clusters with new orange-red lighting (including a trip computer) and new climate control knobs are also new.

The 1.6-litre CVVT (Constantly Variable Valve Timing) petrol engine has been kept and puts out 82kW of power and 145Nm of torque with an average 6.5L/100km fuel consumption for the 5-speed manual model — an automatic transmission is optional.

The 1.5-litre Common Rail Diesel (CRD) engine, which is among the most frugal power plants in New Zealand with an overall economy figure of 4.5L/100km, continues to be available in the new 2010 Kia Rio and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.

One thing that has not changed with the new Kia Rio is the pricing, which starts at $21,990 for the 1.6-litre petrol, five-speed manual, five-door hatchback.

To find out more click here to visit the Kia website.

Kia Rio 2010 fq

The 2010 Rio is the latest Kia model to receive an injection of design dna from Kia Motors’ German-based chief designer Peter Schreyer.

The new tiger nose grille that is the focus of the re-styled front of the new Rio which is just arriving in New Zealand showrooms. The five-door Rio hatchback is the first to appear and will be joined within weeks by the four-door Rio sedan.

The rear of the Rio has also received treatment, a new bumper complete with a plastic diffuser and exposed chromed tail pipe and new eight-spoke alloy wheels, body-coloured mouldings and re-designed side mirrors with LED turn signals built into the housing round off the exterior changes.

Inside, the 2010 has a brand new dashboard featuring a textured surface, plus new grey colours and upholstery materials. A revised centre stack with new audio system, redesigned instrument clusters with new orange-red lighting (including a trip computer) and new climate control knobs are also new.

The 1.6-litre CVVT (Constantly Variable Valve Timing) petrol engine has been kept and puts out 82kW of power and 145Nm of torque with an average 6.5L/100km fuel consumption for the 5-speed manual model — an automatic transmission is optional.

The 1.5-litre Common Rail Diesel (CRD) engine, which is among the most frugal power plants in New Zealand with an overall economy figure of 4.5L/100km, continues to be available in the new 2010 Kia Rio and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.

One thing that has not changed with the new Kia Rio is the pricing, which starts at $21,990 for the 1.6-litre petrol, five-speed manual, five-door hatchback.

To find out more click here to visit the Kia website.

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