We’ve already seen the all-new 2018 Kia Rio 5-Door hatchback, but Kia has now unveiled the Rio sedan. Both the 2018 Kia Rio sedan and 5-door are having their US debut this week at the New York Auto Show.
Looking a bit more grownup and refined than the last generation, the all-new Rio’s final design is a true world effort, since it was designed by Kia’s European and U.S. design studios in collaboration with Kia’s design base in Namyang, Korea. The exterior lines are crisper than before and from the front, the new Rio gets the latest iteration of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille.
The Rio sedan has been stretched to 172.6 inches, up from 172.0 inches and the Rio 5-door is now 160.0 inches long, up from 159.4 inches. Both models now ride on a slightly longer wheelbase of 101.6 inches, up from 101.2 inches. Inside there’s also more space with the sedan’s passenger space at 89.9 cubic feet while the 5-door hatchback measures 90.5 cubic feet. If you’re riding in the front, you will enjoy more head room, leg room and shoulder room while those in the second row will benefit from greater leg- and shoulder room.
The 2018 Rio will be powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder with 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft. of torque. The four-cylinder can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Kia Rio Sedan and 5-door models will arrive later this year.