2017 Kia Rio GT Review & Changes – A speculative rendering of a hotted-up 2017 Kia Rio GT has come up online, offering one vision of how a hotted-up – yet still to be confirmed – version of the all-new Rio could appear. Produced by independent designer X-Tomi Design, the Kia Rio GT borrows several styling cues from its larger sized Optima GT and Sportage GT-Line (Platinum) siblings, providing the hatch a very sports look. The Rio GT in the rendering features quad-LED ‘ice cube’ foglight design, alongside with a larger sized reduce intake – probably feeding high air into a turbo intercooler – along with larger sized alloy wheels much like these seen on the Pro_cee’d GT that is will no longer offer in this article. In the picture, we could also see red seats, similar to the red natural leather alternative presented in the Optima GT.
The 4th-technology Kia Rio was uncovered the other day ahead of its global very first at the Paris motor show in October, and based on reports out of Europe, the company is functioning on a hot GT version to consider on the Ford Fiesta ST. Given that the Rio GT is nevertheless to be confirmed, there are no specifics on what may supply power – despite the fact that Kia’s performance boss might have fallen a tip recently. Albert Biermann, Kia and Hyundai’s performance development primary, mentioned in a job interview with the UK’s Evo Journal recently that he wants to see the company’s 1.0-litre turbo “in a fun model.”
However, in its current develop the 1.0-litre triple that does services in the Kia ceed GT-Line overseas grows 88kW of power and 171Nm of torque, which propels the sporty-styled hatch from -60mph (-96km/h) in 10.7 seconds – rarely what you would contact speedy. Furthermore, the 1.0-litre turbo is very likely to feature in a high-level GT-Line version in the standard Rio range – also noticed in the internationally market Hyundai i20 Sport. If the Rio GT is to ultimately contend with recognized light hot hatches like the Volkswagen Polo GTI (141kW) and Ford Fiesta ST (134kW), it will need very a somewhat more power. Which could point to a larger turbocharged four-cylinder engine – maybe the 130kW/265Nm 1.6-litre system from the Hyundai Tucson.
A Rio GT hasn’t been confirmed, nonetheless, which means timing is also a secret. But, with the normal range making its general public very first in Paris next calendar month, it’s unlikely we will see the performance variant until at afterward least next year. Australian deliveries of the normal Rio range are expected in the first quarter of next year. Keep tuned to CarAdvice for a lot more Kia Rio updates in the coming weeks.