Monday, July 20, 2009

New front end for the Kia Rio



And it's not really an improvement. It's always amazing to see manufacturers force some front end design on all of their line up, wether it fits or not.
Like Mazda, Audi etc...
In this case, the cheap and simple Rio was just fine without a Chrome grille. This makes it look like a model from a few years ago...

(The blue car is the new one, by the way..)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Taking off that thick black cladding is the real improvement.

Anonymous said...

I'll take mine in White thank you!

Anonymous said...

U have a typo. "..weather it fits or not".. should be "whether". :)

Anonymous said...

Looks better to me. And it's "whether", not "weather". Vince, you really need a proof-reader.

mobiustech1 said...

I disagree. The front looks more Euro and a tad sportier. The wheels also give the Rio a fresher appeal. You can tell the old and new model apart. I leave the grill criticism alone, it can go both ways. If the grill is used on all models, then so be it. I don't think it makes it look upscale or anything.

Anonymous said...

It has a bit of a Ford look to it in the front.

Michael said...

100% Improvement to something that wasn't really needed, but I think they pulled the new corporate front end off beautifully without overdoing it (like Mitsubishi in regards to the outlander).

Anonymous said...

I think it looks a bit better. Less goofy.

Anonymous said...

Polishing a turd.

douchbag jones said...

ugly and cheap becomes ugly and cheap gre reat

Anonymous said...

lipstick on a pig.

Anonymous said...

I think the new one look much cleaner than the old one. Removing the black body cladding is also an improvement.
I hope it will come to Europe in this form. Fits nicer into the lineup with other models like Picanto or cee'd (which will get the Schreyer grille in Fall, too) where the old Rio looks a bit dated in the current form.

Anonymous said...

I like the new one better. Removing the black boddy cladding, the blacked out headlights and new bumper and grille makes wonder. Fits also nicer into the model lineup with the new Schreyer grille.

The old one looks dated compared to other superminis here in Europe. The new does not meet the level of the new Polo of course but it looks more upscale compared to the old one.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that the grill texture in the low-hole is the same as the upper-one just scaled-up. CHEESY!

Anonymous said...

I think it looks great.

"Anonymous said...
I'm surprised that the grill texture in the low-hole is the same as the upper-one just scaled-up. CHEESY!

July 21, 2009 1:37 PM"

It is a sub 15K vehicle. What in the hell do you expect???

Joseph said...

"It is a sub 15K vehicle. What in the hell do you expect???"

I expect a lot more. Having a different, tasteful texture that is complimentary to the other cost NO MORE than a hack-job of simply scaling up an existing geometry.