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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