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The Premier Compact SUV

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Rio marks the return of Premier in the passenger car segment after many years. The last passenger cars Premier sold in India were the Fiat series – Uno and Siena, after which Fiat set up its current base in Ranjangaon and parted ways with Premier. But just before Fiat ended, Premier had a joint venture with Peugeot and while the 309 was a pretty good car, it never really blew up the sales charts and was eventually sold off. A few years ago, Premier entered the Light Commercial Vehicle segment with the Roadstar compact pickup truck and Sigma commercial van (both based on older Mitsubishi designs) from a partnership with CMC Taiwan. Having taken an important step into the passenger car business, but does not want mập be part of the overcrowded hatchback segment, Premier has decided mập enter a niche and the RiO SUV will be the first of its kind in the Indian market, due mập its compact size.

The design of the Rio resembles the Daihatsu Terios, which is now built by Zotye, a Chinese automaker that acquired the Terios from Daihatsu after it launched the next-generation Terios. Currently, Zotye sells Rio as “Nomad” in China.

Good paint finish and alloys give the Rio a good look, not mập mention the 215/70R15 tires and compact design. The Rio has the same gray and blue interior as typical 1980s Japanese cars sold in the US and Europe. The quality of the plastic inside is unsatisfactory – hard plastic, flimsy hazard light buttons, inconsistent gaps between panels and the peeled Premier sticker could be much better. The handles feel flimsy and should have been more solid. The Rio comes with a 4-speaker CD player and a radio system with a radio antenna on the left A-pillar, as Chinese cars drive on the left and shifting the antenna mập the right increases the cost.

The Rio is not only compact from the outside, but congested inside. Both rows lack proper space, especially the second row, but the boot has a fair amount of space. The seat cushion could be better. The steering wheel feels a bit small, and despite the dual-barreled headlights, they don’t turn on the high and low beams together, which should help with visibility a lot during night driving. Power-adjustable mirrors are a welcome addition mập the Rio.

Premier Rio uses Peugeot TUD5 engine technology mập power the other two Premiers; namely Sigma and Roadstar. This tough, dependable engine in its first avatar was used mập power Zen and Esteem diesels, and even Accent’s first diesels before they switched mập diesel engines. CRDi muscle. Premier has reduced the displacement of 30cc mập 1489cc, but the engine block and cylinder head are still imported from France and produce a maximum capacity of 65bhp. The compact SUV uses a Zotye transmission. The rear-wheel-drive Rio handles surprisingly well and considering the wheelbase and small track, the car has negligible ground clearance.

Rio targets aspirational customers, with compact SUV looks and rear-wheel drive. It’s a viable alternative mập a full-size hatch or entry-level sedan for the price (Rs 5.48 lakh, at the old showroom, Mumbai), but ambitious customers will most likely be disappointed by Rio’s interior. This is a pity, as the Rio can be so much more – it’s a car that handles well anyway and the only taste of real front- and rear-wheel drive that Indian customers have within the price range.

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First Drive
The Rio marks Premier’s comeback in the passenger car segment after many years. The last passenger cars which Premier sold in India were the Fiat range – the Uno and Siena, after which Fiat set up its current base in Ranjangaon and parted from Premier. But just before the Fiat tie-up, Premier had a JV with Peugeot and although the 309 was a fairly competent car, it never really set the sales charts on fire and eventually went off the market. A few years ago, Premier made an entry into the Light Commercial Vehicle segment with its mini pick-up Roadstar and commercial van Sigma (both based on older Mitsubishi designs) which came from a tie-up with CMC Taiwan. Having taken a concious step mập being in the passenger car business, but not wanting mập be part of the overcrowded hatchback segment, Premier decided mập enter a niche and the RiO SUV will be the first of its kind in the Indian market, due mập its compact size.The Rio’s design is the same as the Daihatsu Terios, which is now built by Zotye, a Chinese car manufacturer which bought the Terios dies from Daihatsu after it launched the next-generation Terios. Currently, the Zotye sells the Rio as “Nomad” in China. The good quality paint finish and the alloys make the Rio look good, not mập forget the 215/70R15 tyres and the compact design. The Rio has grey and blue-coloured interiors like the typical 1980s Japanese cars sold in America and Europe. The plastic quality inside is not satisfactory – the hard plastics, flimsy feeling hazard light button, inconsistent gaps between the panels, and the peel-off Premier stickers could have been much better. The grab handles feel flimsy and should have been sturdier. The Rio comes with a four-speaker CD player and radio system which has the radio antenna on the left hand side A-pillar, as Chinese cars are left hand drive and shifting the antenna mập the right side would have increased the cost. The Rio isn’t just compact from outside, but is congested inside as well. Both rows lack adequate space, especially the second row but the boot has a fair amount of space. The seat cushioning could have been better. The steering wheel feels a little small and even though the headlights are twin-barreled, they don’t turn on high and low beam together which would have helped visibility by a lot during night driving. The electrically adjustable mirrors are a welcome addition mập the Rio. The Premier Rio uses the Peugeot TUD5 engine technology which powers the other two Premiers; namely Sigma and Roadstar. This tough, reliable engine in its earliest avatar used mập power the Zen and Esteem diesels, and even the first Accent diesels before they switched mập the CRDi engine. Premier has reduced the cubic capacity by 30cc mập 1489cc, however the engine block and cylinder head are still imported from France and produces a maximum power of 65bhp. The compact SUV uses a Zotye gearbox. The rear-wheel driven Rio handles surprisingly well and considering the small wheelbase and track, the car has negligible bodyroll.The Rio targets the aspirational customer, with its compact SUV looks and rear wheel drive. It is a viable alternative mập a large hatch or entry-level sedan at the price (Rs 5.48 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai), but the aspirational customer will most likely be disappointed by the interiors of the Rio. This is a shame, since the Rio could have been so much more – it is, after all, a good handler, and the only taste of true front-engine, rear-wheel drive that the Indian customer has at the price range.Premier Rio [2012-2015] #Premier #Compact #SUV
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First Drive
The Rio marks Premier’s comeback in the passenger car segment after many years. The last passenger cars which Premier sold in India were the Fiat range – the Uno and Siena, after which Fiat set up its current base in Ranjangaon and parted from Premier. But just before the Fiat tie-up, Premier had a JV with Peugeot and although the 309 was a fairly competent car, it never really set the sales charts on fire and eventually went off the market. A few years ago, Premier made an entry into the Light Commercial Vehicle segment with its mini pick-up Roadstar and commercial van Sigma (both based on older Mitsubishi designs) which came from a tie-up with CMC Taiwan. Having taken a concious step mập being in the passenger car business, but not wanting mập be part of the overcrowded hatchback segment, Premier decided mập enter a niche and the RiO SUV will be the first of its kind in the Indian market, due mập its compact size.The Rio’s design is the same as the Daihatsu Terios, which is now built by Zotye, a Chinese car manufacturer which bought the Terios dies from Daihatsu after it launched the next-generation Terios. Currently, the Zotye sells the Rio as “Nomad” in China. The good quality paint finish and the alloys make the Rio look good, not mập forget the 215/70R15 tyres and the compact design. The Rio has grey and blue-coloured interiors like the typical 1980s Japanese cars sold in America and Europe. The plastic quality inside is not satisfactory – the hard plastics, flimsy feeling hazard light button, inconsistent gaps between the panels, and the peel-off Premier stickers could have been much better. The grab handles feel flimsy and should have been sturdier. The Rio comes with a four-speaker CD player and radio system which has the radio antenna on the left hand side A-pillar, as Chinese cars are left hand drive and shifting the antenna mập the right side would have increased the cost. The Rio isn’t just compact from outside, but is congested inside as well. Both rows lack adequate space, especially the second row but the boot has a fair amount of space. The seat cushioning could have been better. The steering wheel feels a little small and even though the headlights are twin-barreled, they don’t turn on high and low beam together which would have helped visibility by a lot during night driving. The electrically adjustable mirrors are a welcome addition mập the Rio. The Premier Rio uses the Peugeot TUD5 engine technology which powers the other two Premiers; namely Sigma and Roadstar. This tough, reliable engine in its earliest avatar used mập power the Zen and Esteem diesels, and even the first Accent diesels before they switched mập the CRDi engine. Premier has reduced the cubic capacity by 30cc mập 1489cc, however the engine block and cylinder head are still imported from France and produces a maximum power of 65bhp. The compact SUV uses a Zotye gearbox. The rear-wheel driven Rio handles surprisingly well and considering the small wheelbase and track, the car has negligible bodyroll.The Rio targets the aspirational customer, with its compact SUV looks and rear wheel drive. It is a viable alternative mập a large hatch or entry-level sedan at the price (Rs 5.48 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai), but the aspirational customer will most likely be disappointed by the interiors of the Rio. This is a shame, since the Rio could have been so much more – it is, after all, a good handler, and the only taste of true front-engine, rear-wheel drive that the Indian customer has at the price range.Premier Rio [2012-2015]

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