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The 2017 KIA Rio has been officially unveiled in Oman. The occasion was marked by the presence of Mr. Tae Hyeon Yoon (GM, Regional Head Quarters KMC, Dubai) and Mr. Saud Mohamed Bahwan.

The new Kia Rio is powered by a choice of lightweight naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre and 1.4-litre MPI (multi-point injection) gasoline engines. The DOHC 16-valve D-CVVT (dual continuously variable valve timing) 1.6-litre engine drives the front wheels and produces up to 123 ps at 6,300 rpm and 151 Nm maximum torque at 4,850 rpm.

Tae Hyeon Yoon speaking at the KIA Rio launch in Oman Photo credit: Elvis John Ferrao

Mr. Yoon, in his keynote address, said, “The All New Rio is designed to appeal to the young, youthful people of Oman. Its peppy drive, zestful handling and head-turning looks have instant appeal. It’s a dream car that inspires you to ‘Find Your Groove’. It oozes a charm that deepens when one gets behind the wheel. More than a city car. It’s an everyday travel companion…it’s the All New Rio.”

Mr. Yoon pointed out Kia’s all-round success by saying, “The most well-known factor behind our recent success has been the complete transformation of the Design of our vehicles. Led by German Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, we have been the auto industry’s biggest winner of influential design awards since 2009. Please note that these designs of Kia are not just about skin-deep, but also the product Quality as well. The quality of our entire product line-up is rapidly improving.”

We have had an early introduction to the KIA Rio earlier this year and our report on the appeal of the 5-door version was carried in our report here.

The new Rio is available with an optional Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), as well as Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC). VSM ensures stability under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in traction and using ESC to help the driver keep the car on course.

Now the All-new Rio is available with an exciting Shukran Oman promotion offer and the spokesperson from Reliable International Automobiles (RIA), the local importer also adds, “With the introduction of 1.6L Rio sedan we are offering Fleet solutions to the companies by providing more grades & a choice of 2 engines i.e., 1.4L & 1.6L.”

 

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