The hatchback is Kia’s best-selling model worldwide. The automaker sold over 473,000 of them last year. The fourth-generation welcomes an all-new design that freshens it up to stay competitive with the likes of the Ford Fiesta.
The next-generation Rio features a longer front overhang and hood and longer wheelbase. Plus, upright C-pillars make it more stylish. The rest of the design keeps it clean with straight lines and large smooth surfaces. It’s a nice balance that previous generations seemed to lack.
Inside the Rio comes with a completely new look as well. Well, at least as far as we can tell in the prototype sketch. The new multi-layered dashboard contains a large touchscreen that looks like it helps replace a boat load of buttons. The total design mirrors the exterior with bold and clean lines. We’re betting the actual model probably won’t look this futuristic.
Kia notes that the new model offers plenty of new safety technology. But it’s mum on specifics. It will likely include things like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Detection as options.
The U.S. just received an updated Rio for 2016. The new model could go into production by the end of the year. There are also reports of a high-performance Rio GT set for 2018.