New lease of life for Rio thanks to styling tweaks and fancier spec.

Kia has taken the wraps off its new GT Line-spec Rio hatchback at the Geneva motor show. 

The standard version of the Rio has been a strong seller across the globe, and the new GT Line version is intended to add a little sporting flair to the Rio line-up and will be powered at launch by a small but perfectly formed 1-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine.

That coupled with an overall lightweight package and high level of standard fit kit makes this one of the more appealing options in the low-cost Rio range.

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The 1-litre engine is available in 99bhp or 118bhp power outputs, and Kia says that in September it will make the car available with its 1.2- and 1.4-litre engine options. The 118bhp 1-litre engine will also be made available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission at that point, too. 

Of course, most of the sportiness of the new Rio GT Line is cosmetic – the car gets a new design of 17-inch alloy wheels, a range of tweaks to the front and rear bumpers that add a little visual drama, a gloss black and chrome upgrade for the company’s distinctive ‘tiger' grille and so-called ‘ice-cube’ LED fog lamps that draw their inspiration from the equally fancy Ceed GT and Proceed GT models. 

Exterior tweaks also run to twin exhaust tips, LED day running lights, chrome window trim and a gloss black roof spoiler.

Options available on the Rio include a 7-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A rear-view parking camera, heated steering wheel and heated seats are also available, says Kia. 

Deliveries are set to begin across Europe from the end of March, but UK on-sale date and full pricing is yet to be announced.