Premier Rio 2012 Auto Expo

Premier has showcased the 2012 Rio at the Auto Expo. The Premier Rio gets a facelift for the current year and also receives one of the best diesel engines in the country. Yes, the Rio diesel is now powered by Fiat’s 1.3-liter Multijet engine, producing 75 PS of power at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm of torque 1750 RPM. The Rio is available in 3 variants – 1.2-liter petrol producing 77 BHP of power and delivering 15 kmpl, 1.5 TUD5 diesel producing 65 BHP of power and returning 16 kmpl and the 1.3-liter Multijet which is currently under homologation with the ARAI.

The 2012 Premier Rio now gets curvy headlamps, integrated front grille, new hood, new side panels, new bumper, rear spoiler and beige upholstery. All the variants of the Premier Rio come with Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Electrically Operated ORVMs, Central Locking, CD/MP3 Audio System and Roof-rails as standard. Higher end models also feature ABS, Alloy Wheels and Keyless entry. The 1.2-liter petrol and 1.5-liter diesel engined Rio CUVs will go on sale immediately, while the Multijet Rio will only be available in April 2012. The Premier Rio range starts at Rs. 4.7 lakhs and goes all the way upto Rs. 6.35 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune). The company claims the price of the Rio is atleast Rs. 1.5 lakhs cheaper than any other SUV available in the country. The Rio is available in 4 colours nameld white, silver, red and black.

2012 Premier Rio Silver

2012 Premier Rio Facelift

Red Premier Rio 2012

Premier Rio Multijet Diesel

2012 Premier Rio Variants and Features

Overall Length3970mm3970mm3970mm
Overall width1570mm1570mm1570mm
Overall Height1730mm1730mm1730mm
Track front1305mm1305mm1305mm
Track rear1310mm1310mm1310mm
Turning circle Radius 






Ground Clearance200mm (≈8”)200mm (≈8”)200mm (≈8”)
No. Of Cylinders444
Engine CC117314891248
Max.Power76.6 ps (56.3kw)@ 5800 rpm64.8 ps (47.6 kw) @ 4000 rpm75 ps (55 kw) @ 4000 rpm
Max.Torque103.9 Nm @ 3500-4250rpm152 Nm @ 2250 – 3000 rpm190 Nm @ 1750 rpm
Air charging SystemNaturally aspiratedFixed geometry Turbo Charger without intercoolerFixed geometry Turbo Charger with  intercooler
Fuel Tank Capacity46 ltrs46 ltrs46 ltrs
Trunk capacity454/1158 ltrs (with rear seat folded)454/1158  ltrs ( with rear  seat folded)454/1158  ltrs ( with rear  seat folded)
kerb weights1080 kgs1145 kgs1145 kgs
TRANSMISSION5 Speed manual,5 Speed manual,5 Speed manual,
BRAKES(Front) Disc(Front) Disc(Front) Disc
(Rear) Drum(Rear) Drum(Rear) Drum
SUSPENSION(Front) Mcpherson strut & coil spring(Front) Mcpherson strut & coil spring(Front) Mcpherson strut & coil spring
(Rear) 5 rods system(Rear) 5 rods system(Rear) 5 rods system
TYRES205/70R15 (Tubeless Radial)205/70R15 (Tubeless Radial)205/70R15 (Tubeless Radial)