KIA’s RIO 2018 is set to shake up the automotive industry if launched at expected PKR 1,400,000

After successfully launching their vehicle Grand Carnival, KIA is set to introduce the RIO 2018 in Pakistan next month. The automotive company just opened its second dealership in Lahore where it is currently displaying the RIO.

The interesting thing about RIO is that it has caused car enthusiasts in Pakistan to speculate the price which is being estimated at 1.4 million rupees for a 1.0L variant of the car.

The car at the display, however, is the 1.4L variant which is assembled in Korea and has more features than the standard Toyota Corolla and Honda City.

If launched at the expected RS. 1,400,000 launch price, then it is sure to shake things up in the Pakistani automotive industry due to better features than any car available in the country.

It will be directly competing with Suzuki’s Swist and the newly revamped Cultus. However, enthusiasts are also fearing that once the car starts being assembled in Pakistan, the current features in the car will be stripped down to a minimum like any other car in the country vs. their variants outside of Pakistan.

The Kia Rio 2018 features an updated design which gives it a sporty look as well as a larger exterior which makes it look more like a sedan than a compact car.

Features of Kia Rio 2018

At present, if you go to Kia Lucky Motors website, the description of the car claims that it will come with ABS, 6 air-bags, and PDW-R. However, it is important to note that a small disclaimer on the same page says ‘actual specifications may vary according to the region’.

Here are the specifications of the KIA Rio 2018 currently displayed in Lahore.

  • Bi-projection headlamps
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • Radiator grille
  • Aero blade wipers
  • Rear spoiler garnish
  • Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R)
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • 6 airbags
  • Supervision cluster with 3.5˝ LCD screen
  • Steering wheel audio remote control
  • Speed limiter / Auto cruise control
  • Auxiliary and USB connections
  • Manual A/C
  • Full Auto Temperature Control (FATC)
  • Full-folding 2nd-row seats
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
  • Sunroof
  • Telescopic & tilt steering
  • ECM rear-view mirror
  • Sunvisor illumination lamps
  • Adjustable seatbelt anchor
  • Front & rear door bottle holders
  • Center console armrest
  • Rear USB charging port
  • Luggage net
  • Covering shelf
  • Auto defog system
  • Rain sensor
  • Smart key with easy keyless entry

KIA has not announced which of these features will actually make it to the RIO that will be assembled in Pakistan except the few features it revealed on its website.

The launch price of PKR 1,400,000 is also expected and not final.