Premier Rio gets a facelift and Fiat Multijet diesel BS IV engine

Premier launched a face-lifted version of its compact SUV Rio at the Auto Expo 2012.

The upgraded Rio gets an integrated grille and somewhat curvy headlamp on the front while the rear gets a spoiler—all combine to give a more sporty feel to Rio. Not much changes on the inside but you do get beige upholstery that lifts the mood a bit.

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Photo: The Premier Rio has been freshened up, and the new BS IV compliant diesel engine should help in metro sales

More importantly, the Rio will get a new Fiat Multijet diesel engine come April-it’s the same excellent engine that powers Maruti Suzuki Swift and Fiat Punto. The new 1.3 liter engine makes about 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque. The engine, which is BS-IV compliant, will help Rio target bigger metro markets. Expect the car to return a mileage of 14-15 kmpl.

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Photo: A value for money SUV, the Rio suffers from its small size.

All models in the line-up will have power steering, front power windows, electrically operated mirrors, central locking and CD/MP3 player. Higher end models will have ABS and keyless entry too.

Prices start at Rs 4.7 lakh, ex-showroom Pune and go up to Rs 6.35 lakh.