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Mike Stevens | Sep, 29 2014 | 12 Comments

Kia’s updated Rio, due to land in Australia in the coming months, has been revealed today ahead of its debut later this week.

Today's virtual unveiling follows confirmation last week of a Paris premiere, although images had not been released at the time.

Here we see the extent of the Rio's styling refresh, which includes new bumpers at both ends and a revised grille treatment up front.

The existing front bumper gains lightly re-styled lower grille and foglight housings, with new silver garnishes added to the outside ports.

Likewise, the Rio also gets a subtly tweaked upper grille, with new fin-like tiles featuring in place of the usual 'mesh' treatment.

The rear also gets a new bumper design, with a bold grey insert flanked by reflectors and a body-coloured hook at either end.

The strong-selling Rio also picks up new wheels for 2015, with 15-, 16- and 17-inch designs available depending on the model.

In the cabin, Kia has added new chrome accents to the air vents, and a redesigned centre stack is also featured.

New features will also appear inside, 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 be offered 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.

Watch for more details to come as the Paris Motor Show opens later this week.

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