‘New Look’ Rio and Picanto for 2010 August 5th, 2009
By Michael Choo
Deputy General Manager, Overseas Communication Team
The design revolution at Kia Motors continues. On the heels of the successful introduction of all-new vehicles such as the Soul, Cerato (Forte) and Cerato (Forte) Koup, images of the 2010 model year Rio and Picanto – Kia’s two popular subcompact offerings – have been circulating on the web.
Small styling changes to Picanto will give it a ‘fresh face’, with exterior enhancements including two-tone bumper and waistline body color molding as standard. The Sports Pack features the signature family-look Kia grille and sportier front/rear bumpers and side sill molding. The 2010 Picanto will also be available in a new exciting color – Lime – and 15” black flower alloy wheels are offered as an option.
Meanwhile, the interior features from a new four-spoke steering wheel, new instrument cluster and improved seat trims. Equipment changes will highlight the greater differences between the LX, EX and Sport variants for 2010.
Like the Picanto, the 2010 Rio’s cabin will feature a new steering wheel and cluster, plus a new centre stack and a ‘shift-up’ indicator to aid economical driving, which will also be enhanced by the fitting of electric power steering. A new-look nose treatment will introduce Kia’s ‘signature grille’, together with new headlamps, fog lamps and front bumper. The 2010 Rio also features a wind rear diffuser similar to that on the Cerato (Forte) Koup.
Check out the image gallery below to see the exterior styling changes of the 2010 Picanto & Rio.
Full details of the upgraded 2010 Kia Picanto and Kia Rio model ranges will be revealed closer to their ‘on sale’ dates.