January 06, 2012

Premier showcases the new-look RiO at Delhi Auto Expo 2012

Premier Ltd. (formerly known as Premier Automobiles Ltd.), the company that brought India its first Compact SUV called ‘RiO’, will showcase 3 stunning variants of its fresh new-look model in petrol and diesel during the 11th Auto Expo, 2012

The RiO’s fresh look includes new curvy headlamps, an integrated grille and spoiler giving it a much more sophisticated look. These changes have necessitated a new hood and side panels, which, along with the new bumper have improved the overall aerodynamic efficiency. To add to this, new beige upholstery has given the cabin a livelier and more spacious feel. 

The RiO engines
> 1173 cc (1.2-litre) petrol engine based on AVL technology delivering 77 BHP and 15 kms/litre of fuel efficiency
> 1489 cc turbo diesel engine based on Peugeot technology (TUD5) delivering 65 BHP of power, offering 16 kms/litre of fuel efficiency
> 1.3-litre CRDI Multijet diesel engine (currently undergoing integration, testing and homologation)

Both the petrol and diesel (TUD5) engines in the facelifted version will be available immediately after the Auto Expo while the multijet diesel engine is expected to be available by April 2012. Premier is revving up its sales and service support, in addition to the three-year warranty being offered for the RiO. According to a company spokesperson, "Our spare parts’ pricing will not be a profit centre, but rather provide customer service and delight.”

The RiO is available in four versions, accommodates 5 people, with the base model price starting from Rs. 4.7 lakh and the top-end model at Rs 6.35 lakh, (ex-showroom prices, Pune), making it nearly Rs.1.5 lakh cheaper than any other SUV on the Indian roads. The RiO is currently available in four colours - red, white, silver and black. All models are equipped with power steering, front power windows, electrically operated door mirrors, roof-rails central locking and CD/MP3 players. The higher models have additional features such as anti-lock breaking system (ABS), keyless entry and alloy wheels. RiO is also equipped with foldable split rear seats, thereby providing multiple seating configurations and its unique feature is high ground clearance enabling it to operate on all types of roads.

“The RiO is perfect for customers who want an affordable, Compact SUV with a car like drivability. It is a segment creation and perfect for those who want a truly different vehicle and driving experience, ” said Maitreya Doshi, CMD, Premier Ltd.


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