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Premier launches Rio SUV
Attractively priced mini diesel SUV ready to take on Maruti Gypsy & Scorpio base variants
By : BSM desk | Published : October 28, 2009 | Photos : BSM
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A new segment of SUV has been created today, called the mini-SUV, with the launch of the Premier Rio. Priced at Rs 5.25 lakh, ex-showroom, Pune, for the base variant, the Rio is targetted as a luxury mini-SUV that will act as an alternative to premium B-segment hatchbacks, as well as SUVs such as the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy and Mahindra Bolero Invader and Scorpio M2Di.

The Premier Rio will be offered initially at 20 dealerships across the country and it plans to ramp that number up in the coming months. These dealerships will be different from those that sell Premier commercial vehicles - the Roadstar and the Sigma.

Premier's new-SUV is developed using kits supplied by Zotye in China, and is based on the first-generation Daihatsu Terios. Powered by Premier's own engine that is essentially a downsized Peugeot TUD5 diesel engine, the Rio's engine capacity now measures in at 1490cc and develops 65 bhp of peak power. The engine is Euro-III ready and the company is taking adequate steps to meet Euro-IV emission norms, come April 1, 2010.

The Rio will be offered in three trims. The EX, which is priced at Rs 5.25 lakh, the DX at Rs 5.50 lakh and LX at Rs 5.95 lakh - all ex-showroom, Pune.

Watch this space on Saturday for a detailed drive report and more details on the Premier Rio.

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  Posted by Ajay Malik at 19th March,2012
I want a test drive
  Posted by amit chame at 27th January,2012
superb man i'm stunned!
  Posted by sanjeev verma at 22nd January,2012
i like this car, definitely i will go for this.
  Posted by s k kale at 13th November,2011
very nice
  Posted by Sat paul likhi at 17th August,2011
I want some spare parts i.e. Head light left side, Rear Boot ( Diggie door big with handle lock) This is very beautiful car
  Posted by bharat bhushan at 15th March,2011
pt looks like old whisky in new bottle
  Posted by yogi at 4th March,2011
mere liye 4,5 book karva do...:):)
  Posted by Raj at 2nd March,2011
I want buy this car. Look like child of Tata Safari
  Posted by pankaj soni at 14th February,2011
i want buy this car
  Posted by mahesh at 19th December,2010
hi ths vehicle looks good as its a blend of car n suv m interested to buy request for test drive in pune!
  Posted by Chung Chung Bhutia at 4th December,2010
I want to know whether rio car is fit for hill station like Sikkim.If so then where I have to contact at Gangtok.I like the car and I want to see the first.
  Posted by monish suri at 30th November,2010
hi will i get to see rio in delhi somewhere,wanna purchase...send me the details and colours available..
  Posted by nigam jangir at 23rd September,2010
HELLO,I AM INTRESTED IN BUYING RIO CAR.WHERE THE SHOWROOM IN JAIPUR? I WANT TEDT DRIVE.
  Posted by GURPREETSINGH at 17th September,2010
HI I AM INTRESTED IN BUYING RIO SUV.I WANT TO KNOW WHEN THE CAR WAS LAUNCH AND WHERE THE SHOWROOM IN DELHI OR NEAR ABOUT.
  Posted by R.P.Jayakumar at 30th August,2010
It looks great. If it is priced at Rs.6.00 on road it will be great success provided the mileage is over 20 km/l.
  Posted by ANUP KUMAR ,Advocate at 15th August,2010
Hi I M INTRESTED IN BUYING A RIO SUV WHEN IT IS GOING TO LAUNCH I M AT RANCHI JHARKHAND PL SENT ME THE DETAILS I M INTRESTED IN BOOKIN NOW ,ANUP
  Posted by kulwinder khurana at 14th July,2010
hi i saw rio on the net i think its good but i want to see in real on road coz here in haryana punjab i never seen yet is it posible we can see and can uyou give me any place where we can see and one thing more we r intrestied in dealer ship also for haryana so please contact me at my e mail is kulwinderkhurana@yahoo.com
  Posted by manoj at 25th June,2010
it could have beedn better by enhancing it's components' quality
  Posted by kalaiselvi natesan at 15th June,2010
i want to buy a rio car sent me the deatials
  Posted by Ajith at 15th June,2010
what is this?an older model of daihatsu terios comes with a century old technology desiel engine.premier should have opt for a common rail diesel engine.present model is as good as Ape three or fourwheeler. The whehile will be a hit if they remodel the engine and the entire model.
  Posted by sham at 13th June,2010
i looked this car. ibuy this car
  Posted by Bhaskaran at 8th June,2010
I looked at the car that is now on display in Bangalore. My comments are: * Take a look at the poor quality of plastics used in the interiors. The glove compartment in the front side passenger side would not close properly at all. * There is no titleable steering making it very difficult for a tall person (> 6ft) to comfortably sit in the driver's seat. * It is very pricey for what is being offered. It could have been a killer of a deal if the onroad price for the top end model was <= 6Lacs. But alas...
  Posted by chandru at 3rd June,2010
superb car, good looking , spacious
  Posted by PRASHANT KR SINGH at 28th May,2010
Sir,I want to become a Dealer of you company in DHANBAD JHARKHAND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO GIVE A DEALERSHIP IN DHANBAD JHARKHAND. THEN PLEASE SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ID ON MY EMAIL ID.I WILL SEND MY PROJECT REPORT TO YOU.I AM WAITING FOR YOUR ANSWER. THANKING YOU WITH REGARDS PRASHANT KUMAR SINGH DHANBAD JHARKHAND 09308058933
  Posted by Amar jyoti Pegu at 23rd May,2010
when did launch this mini suv in ASSAM or is it any deallership in north east and when to be started.
  Posted by AROCKIARAJ A at 12th May,2010
I WANT TEST DRIVE
  Posted by vikram patralekh at 9th May,2010
hume rio lx chahiye...kitni jaldi available kara sakte hain
  Posted by narendra ly at 7th May,2010
give technical spec.& service center
  Posted by R.D.Prajapati at 26th April,2010
nice looking hope it will be unique in this class
  Posted by mafeez at 9th April,2010
I think Rio is nice car but i never saw this car on road.i saw many images.i think that it will see soon on the road
  Posted by jatin at 26th March,2010
kab miloagi ji hmari rio lx model
  Posted by vishal at 14th March,2010
wanna purchase
  Posted by jhkuh at 11th March,2010
how long will it survive in the market?
  Posted by V K GARG at 10th March,2010
Would like to book . Pl give dealer details in Delhi and booking details.when I can test drive it in Delhi.
  Posted by D.P.Singhal at 25th February,2010
Before taking any decision I think I must have a test drive
  Posted by Prakash Sawant at 22nd February,2010
dashboard,stearing,meters are not atractive it should look more digital and seats should be Leather finished
  Posted by s.k.deo at 24th January,2010
we mining peoples are staying in very difficulty area like forest and hilly area. So we can never use any small car. We all mining friends are interested to buy such type of small SUV for our fimily to move.so kindly give the details of dealers.
  Posted by Francis at 20th January,2010
Pric if Ok but what about performance
  Posted by Nidhikant at 11th January,2010
Pls. give me d dealers's details and howz d exp Mr. Sanjay Congrats
  Posted by Monty singh at 31st December,2009
wish u luck sanjay ji for buying new Rio suv.its real nice.
  Posted by Insp Sanjay Gade Delhi Police at 27th December,2009
I am the frist and luckiest person to book Rio in Delhi.Its Dream come true and lovely gift from my intelligent wife.
  Posted by aditya at 22nd December,2009
i love the looks of rio and i give 100/100
  Posted by SHIRISH S DOSHI at 19th December,2009
Is this vehicle going to see the light of the day ? If yes will Premier Auto prove that they have changed from yesteryears ?
  Posted by R.GUNA at 18th December,2009
seems to be good suv,very good engine but no airbag
  Posted by j.v.chikara at 28th November,2009
no dealer information no coment .
  Posted by durvesh dandekar at 28th November,2009
i think it looks superb lets hope it will work
  Posted by ANURAG JALAN at 26th November,2009
I m interested to buy Rio. I wanna test drive. How do i know the dealers contact number.
  Posted by AMAN at 23rd November,2009
WANT TO BUY RIO AND GET ME THE DEALERS CONTACT
  Posted by Manish Jain at 4th November,2009
Seems to be good car. Let us see how does it perform on the road.
  Posted by Devasis, Garagewalla at 3rd November,2009
looks is not so good,price is coool,nd features.....ok.10/6
  Posted by ashish at 2nd November,2009
Looks good, SUV at reasonable price along with luxury and the important part is its mini size for betterment of parking.
  Posted by sudeep jain at 2nd November,2009
First of all i want to test drive. Then i will be able to say anything about this mini SUV.
  Posted by rishi dube at 1st November,2009
good car
  Posted by rajen singla at 31st October,2009
wish to buy as soon as possible - look great - not big and easy to handle - I am happy that it is 4 seater only and a very good price.
  Posted by Mehul H K at 31st October,2009
Excellent package, thanks premier woke p from long sleep.
  Posted by Baruah R.K. at 30th October,2009
How about having a ladder in the rear?
  Posted by Gaurav S at 29th October,2009
Reminds me of Nano
  Posted by PRATHITH SHETTY at 29th October,2009
yes, it is a eye opener for fancy priced SUV makers and buyers. PRATHITH SHETTY MANGALORE
  Posted by vikas c at 29th October,2009
looks no good..
  Posted by NARENDRA at 29th October,2009
make good quality and atractive dashboard,stearing,meters.
  Posted by dishanta choudhury at 28th October,2009
i its a good family suv in this price
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