A comprehensively updated Premier Rio launches in China as the Zotye T200

Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 - 12:05pm IST

The Premier Rio should be given the credit for being the first sub-4 metre SUV in India.

Zotye T200 front quarterPremier Rio+ front

[Left – Zotye T200 gets boomerang headlamps, multi-slat grille and a single-piece dumbbell-shaped foglight enclosure ; Right – Premier Rio]

The lack of brand pull and a wide service network took the car out of consideration for many middle class car buyers. The Premier Rio which is basically a rebadged Zotye 5008 even received the famed 1.3 MultiJet diesel engine last year to reach into BS4 markets.

The other engine options include a 1.2 litre 77 bhp petrol motor and a 1.5 litre 65 bhp Peugeot TUD5 diesel engine.

Zotye T200 sidePremier Rio+ side

[Left – Zotye T200 gets a newly cut door cladding and body graphics (below); Right – Premier Rio]

Regular IAB readers know that Zotye was working on a facelifted version of the 5008. We even brought you the patent leaks of the new car. However there is a mild twist in the story. The Chinese manufacturer has decided to sell the old and the new car simultaneously and hence has named the facelifted version as the T200.

zotye T200 rear quarterPremier Rio+ rear

[Left – At the rear, the Zotye T200 features a redesigned stoplight with integrated reverse lights and a redesigned bumper with wrap-around reflectors; Right – Premier Rio]

The T200 has an extensively revised front fascia. The headlamps are sharper and slightly smaller. The front grill gets angular and bigger and contains three horizontal bars. The front bumper is completely new with bigger fog lamps.

The profile of the car and the most part of the rear fascia stay intact. The taillights are slightly tweaked and the reprofiled bumper gets new reflector units.

Zotye T200 dashboardPremier Rio+ interiors

[Left – Zotye T200 features a fully redesigned dual tone dashboard with circular A.C. vents and a neatly arranged center stack; Right – Premier Rio]

On the inside the dashboard is whole new with new center console and aircon vents. The interior now adopts dual tone beige theme.

Premier imports most of the components from Zotye to make the Rio and hence the transition of the looks can be changed easily. The question is, will Premier refresh the Rio and launch it as the 2013 year model?

[Source: Autohome.com.cn]

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5 thoughts on “A comprehensively updated Premier Rio launches in China as the Zotye T200

  1. bert says:

    This car would be very ideal for hilly areas with narrow roads. However the width should be at least over 1620-1640 mm with improvement in the leg room space. It should be a front wheel drive tuned to the engine design.

  2. Atul says:

    Agree with Ashwin

    1. They really need to work on the width of the car. Increase the width from 1570mm to atleast 1620mm or more.
    2. Try to increase the leg room as well.
    One of my friend was drive the car from Pune to somewhere, he told me that the performance of the car is good but the rear seat sitting arrangement is very bad, its not comfirtable.
    If they change the diamention and inter arragement that allow passenger comfirtable then, they will compete with others and sure increase in sell. Because right now EcoSport is in line an dother sub 4 meter vehicles are in line and thye make cosidrable comfirt with the same sub 4 meter option.

  3. Sridhar says:

    PAL shouldn’t have any problems in assembling the facelift version, so facelift version can be sold in India once they work out the modalities. There was news of PAL setting up several sales/service outlets across India, what happened to it? At present interiors and exteriors are a mismatch with the latter being better. On the road, it has no presence at all, being marginally bigger than WagonR. Its sales could have been better with the Fiat’s engine, but I feel their pricing is exaggerated.

  4. ashwin says:

    What are the dimensions If at all the dimensions are 4000 X 1900 X 1600 then maybe people will think of going near it

  5. Duston says:

    Even if they launch the face lifted version, still a question remains !

    Who is ready to waste his hard earned money on this metal junk ?


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!