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New Facelifted Premier Rio 2011 SUV Launch Auto Expo- Will Get MultiJet Diesel Engine After 2012 Mid

Premier has been sincerely focusing on its very affordable compact SUV Premier Rio for quite some time. The first and most important addition to the Rio is an all new BS IV compliant 1.2 Litre MPFi petrol engine which will help Rio enter the major Indian cities which otherwise were beyond its reach because of the implementation of BS IV norms.

So for those Premier Rio aspirers living in big cities, it comes as a good news since now you would see Rio’s at nearby dealerships. But that’s not all as to take the level of appeal of Rio one step up, Premier will showcase a new facelifted model at the 2012 Auto Expo. But the recently spied 1.3 L multijet Diesel Rio  will not make its debut at the Auto Expo and will be introduced close to mid 2012.

2012 Facelifted Premier Rio Compact SUV

image – Premier Rio 2012 New Model Compact SUV

The car has been offered a couple of cosmetic changes that do make it a little extra appealing but overall it still looks the same dated Rio. Evident visual changes include:

  • New curvy headlamps integrating into the bumper
  • New clean integrated grille
  • A silver chin spoiler for sophistication
  • A new hood and side panels
  • New front bumper for improved aerodynamics
  • Grey plastic valance covers for wheel arches
  • Body coloured side cladding
  • Side mirror integrated turn indicators
  • New rear bumper

2012 Facelifted Premier Rio Compact SUV rear

image – Premier Rio 2012 New Model Compact SUV

Coming to the technical aspect, as mentioned above, it sports a new 1.2 Litre petrol engine manufactured in China that generates 75.5 BHP of max power and 102 Nm of peak torque. Although the performance of the car is quite disappointing in all senses, the ground where it performs well is, the bad roads. The suspension isn’t good enough but does a fine job on bad Indian roads.

Premier Rio 2012 Facelift SUV Technical Specifications


  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Installation: Front, longitudinal, RWD
  • Type: 4cyl, in line, 1173cc petrol
  • Power: 75.5bhp at 5800rpm
  • Torque: 10.5kgm at 3500-4250rpm



  • Length: 3970mm
  • Width: 1570mm
  • Height: 1730mm
  • Wheel base: 2420mm

Chassis & Body

  • Tyres: 205/70 R15


  • Front: Disc
  • Rear: Drum

Acceleration in gear

  • 20-80kph in 3rd gear: 21.80sec
  • 40-100kph in 4th gear: 39.05sec


  • Tank size: 46 litres

Premier Rio 2012 Facelift SUV Price In India

The car will be priced between Rs 4.95-5.8 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Source Credit-ACI

Updated on 1st August 2012:

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