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Mike Stevens | Sep, 19 2014 | 9 Comments

Kia has confirmed that its refreshed Rio light car will join the all-new Sorento SUV in Paris next month, ahead of an early 2015 Australian debut.

The carmaker has yet to release any images for the updated Rio, but more than a few details have been made available today.

Styling updates, Kia says, will include “an updated look” for the brand’s familiar ‘tiger-nose’ grille. We can likely look to the brand’s latest models, like the large Sorento and Carnival, for clues on what to expect.

The Korean carmaker also describes a new look for the front bumper and fog lights, along with new wheel designs in 15-, 16- and 17-inch forms.

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Note: the Rio examples pictured in this article are the current model. The refreshed Rio will be revealed in Paris.
Note: the Rio examples pictured in this article are the current model. The refreshed Rio will be revealed in Paris.

A new rear bumper rounds out the exterior changes, while styling tweaks in the cabin will be limited to new chrome accents across the dash and doors.

New features will also appear in the cabin, but only for overseas markets. Those will include a new and faster version of Kia’s Audio-Vision Navigation system, combined with a seven-inch display and DAB digital radio.

Australian models are expected to carry on with the smaller monochromatic display already featured - although Bluetooth, aux, iPod and USB connectivity will again feature in the local range.

Other changes to the Australian line-up will include the addition of a new S Premium, following a formula similar to that adopted with the Sportage and Cerato lines.

The S and S Premium models will carry on with the 1.4 petrol engine and six-manual and four-auto shifters, while the Si and SLi will again feature the 1.6 engine with six-speed auto only.

A new Sport grade will also debut, replacing the SLS trim in the current range. It too will carry the 1.6 engine and six-speed auto.

Kia Australia will be looking to this latest update to give local Rio sales a boost, with the range's current year-to-date figures of 5867 falling short of the 6468 sales achieved over the same period in 2013.

The Rio's cousin, the Hyundai i20, remains the top-selling model in the segment with 9788 sales, while the Mazda2 (8699 YTD) and Toyota Yaris (8423 YTD) trail closely.

Unlike the Rio, the Mazda will soon be replaced by an all-new model, and the Yaris will debut a comprehensive facelift in the coming months.

Watch for more details on the refreshed Kio range to appear in the coming weeks.

Note: the Rio examples pictured in this article are the current model. The refreshed Rio will be revealed in Paris.

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