Premier showcased their next generation Rio at the 2012 Auto Expo. The Rio is a compact SUV that the company launched in 2011 to tap the entry level SUV segment. The product did not work due to number of factors and the company has taken a lesson from all them. The ‘New Look’ Rio is essentially a Nomad II from Zotye with changes such as:
An integrated Grill
A rear spoiler
Currently the Rio is available with a 1.2L petrol engine with 77 bhp. Premier promises 15 km/l of fuel efficiency. It is also available with a 1.5L diesel engine delivering 65bhp and 16 km/L.
The diesel engine that is available on the Rio is a very old technology hence the company is testing a 1.3L Multijet engine for more refinement. Premier said the Multijet Rio will be available by April 2012.
It is available in Red, White, Silver and Black. All models come with:
Front power windows
Electrically operated mirrors
Higher models come with ABS, keyless entry and alloy wheels
Prices of the Rio start from 4.7 lakhs right up to 6.35 lakhs (ex-showroom Pune)