The Premier Rio, or the Zotye 5008 as it’s called, has been updated for China. The compact SUV now comes with a number of enhancements both inside out. However, there seems to be no improvements in terms of engine and drive-train options. Also, it is been said that the Chinese carmaker will continue to sell the current model alongside this newly launched facelifted version.
Called the T200, the facelifted version gets an extensively updated front-end with redesigned headlamps, new triple-slat grille and a modern looking bumper incorporating a new set of foglamps. There aren’t many changes to be seen when viewed in profile or at the back. The SUV though does feature redesigned taillights with integrated reverse lamps and a slightly updated rear bumper.
The original Rio that Premier introduced here in the Indian market had an appalling cabin, to say the least. To start with, the layout of the dashboard or the plastic quality was nowhere near as good as some of the B2-segment hatchbacks available at the time. Also, the decade-old all-black interior did little to sway our concerns. The T200 though seems promising, at least in these images. The updated cabin looks much more modern with the T200 now featuring dual tone interiors. The new center console with restyled air-con vents and controls help in making the cabin that little bit more appealing.
Given the fact that Premier sources quite a huge chunk of components from Zotye to make the Rio; the company shouldn’t have trouble bringing this facelifted version to the Indian market.