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Premier Rio

Rs. 5,61,234 to Rs. 7,20,000 (ex showroom delhi)

Premier Rio Review

Premier Rio Diesel Multi-jet launched at Rs 6.70 Lakh

01 August, 2012: The Mumbai-based automobile manufacturer Premier Limited has launched a new variant of compact SUV Premier Rio Diesel in the form of 1.3L Multi-jet diesel powertrain. This new variant is Bharat Stage IV (BSIV) compliant and is ready to take on Renault Duster and Maruti Ertiga in metros and other major cities of the country.  This 1248cc frugal diesel engine churns out 72 PS of maximum power and 183 Nm of peak torque. The new Premier Rio Multijet Diesel is priced at Rs 6.70 Lakh (ex showroom, Pune). The car was initially showcased at 2012 Auto Expo, where it was appreciated for its overall looks and interiors.  

Premier RiO 1.3 L multijet diesel engine launch on 2nd August

31 July, 2012 : Premier Automobiles Limited (PAL) is all prepared to launch 1.3 L multijet Turbo diesel engine version of India’s first compact SUV Premier RiO on August 2, the vehicle will be powered by a 1.3L turbo diesel motor. The new Multijet engine will deliver 72 bhp of max power and 183 Nm of max torque. The smart looking SUV has been in news since the debut of 2012 model at the Auto Expo this year. The launch of BSIV compliant engine prior to its upcoming competitors like Ford EcoSport and Maruti XA Alpha will surely assist it in creating a new niche for its self in the mini SUV segment in India, especially in the metro and major cities. 

 

Premier Rio Review by Expert

Premier Rio Pictures Premier Rio SUV is the first compact SUV in India. It is from the makers of ubiquitous Premier Padmini. The 68 year old company has been into engineering and automotive and Premier Rio is first under four meter SUV in India. The segment after two years of its launch will see new entrants such as Ford Ecosport and Maruti XA Alpha, while Renault Duster is already launched.

Launched with plain looks and minimal features in 2010, the Rio SUV did not manage to sell in promising numbers. It was at the January Auto Expo help in New Delhi that Premier launched the Premier Rio in a new avatar. From new headlamps to tail lamps, bumpers and interiors all now speak out true modern SUV traits. In addition to the new exteriors and interiors, the company has also put a new BSIV petrol engine under the hood of the Rio SUV. The 1.2 L 77 PS engine has made the SUV Premier Rio capable of establishing itself in the metros and other prominent cities where the BSIV pollution norms are applicable.
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Available in diesel and petrol options, the Premier Rio SUV despite good looks and engine could not show much buzz on the sales chart. Probable reasons could be the brand trust. However, the Pune based Indian brand, Premier is no less inferior in producing quality products and has given India Premier Padmini that remained the heartthrob for many years. Now, one miracle that was under production for so many months, the BSIV diesel Premier Rio, is now out. The BSIV Rio Diesel comes powered by the Fiat sourced 1.3 Multi-jet 72 bhp engine. This engine is very successful and it is at present powering cars of almost five brands in India including Maruti and Tata. Prior to the launch of Premier Rio 1.3L Multi-jet, the diesel offering was in the form of Rio Diesel BSIII version that is powered by 1.5L Turbo charged engine.

The five seater rear wheel driven Premier Rio happens to be a low priced SUV in India. Starting at a price of Rs 4.90 lakh there are a lot of factors that are in favor of the car. However, it still lacks the up market features but it still has the necessary features of SUV of this size. From Anti-lock Braking System to Brake Assist you will also find manual air conditioning, heater, power steering, power brakes and a lot of features all making this SUV best buy at this price.

 

Premier Rio Rivals

The ‘now’ complete vehicle Premier Rio with the recent launch of the Bharat Stage (BS IV) version is all set to compete with its rivals based in the BSIV cities. The closest rivals here is Renault Duster compact SUV, no doubt the title of first compact SUV in India goes to Rio, but still Duster challenges it finely in every aspect. The exterior dimensions of Renault Duster appear bulky and scream ruggedness, while the Premier Rio is more towards being ‘truly compact’ from every angle. On the interiors, with the facelift Premier Rio interiors have changed to a decent quality, while Renault Duster’s are quite impressive with nice detailing on most of the aspects along with comfort conscious seats for the occupants. The space inside is less in Rio against Duster; while with beige, both offer a fresh feel. The features are modern in Renault SUV in comparison to Premier Rio, and why won’t it be, since there is a considerable gap of around Rs 2 Lakh on the base models of the two. On the engine part both are now available in diesel as well as petrol versions. Here the key differentiator can be the presence of refined 1.3L Multi-jet diesel motor under the bonnet of Rio. However the exciting performance and efficiency of Renault SUV cannot be ruled out.
 
 
Premier Rio Rivals Table
Model Engine Mileage (City/Highway) Acceleration (0-100kph) Unique features Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
Premier Rio Petrol 1173 cc 11 kmpl/ 15 kmpl 14 seconds in expensive, compact, 1.3L Multijet diesel Rs. 5.00 Lakh
Premier Rio Diesel 1348 cc 15 kmpl/ 19 kmpl 15 seconds Rs. 5.87 Lakh
Renault Duster Petrol 1599 cc 10.5kmpl/ 13.24kmpl 11.5 seconds Premium looks, space, practicality Rs 7.19 Lakh
Renault Duster Diesel 1499 cc 16.5kmpl/ 20.46kmpl 17 seconds Rs 7.99 Lakh
Maruti Ertiga Petrol 1372 cc 13.5 kmpl/ 16.2 kmpl 13 seconds value for money, sedan-like drivability, features Rs 5.88 Lakh
Maruti Ertiga Diesel 1248 cc 17.5 kmpl/ 20.77 kmpl 15 seconds Rs 7.29 Lakh
 
 

Premier Rio Mileage And Fuel Efficiency

With an effective mileage and satisfactory performance Premier Rio is a mini – SUV in the market that stands as a decent quality car. To make all its variants of an equal importance it has the same engine capacity for all to give its owners the best without any compromise on speed, mileage and fuel efficiency. Here the 1.2L petrol engine that generates a max power of 76.6 PS and peak torque of 104 Nm delivers a city mileage of nearly 11 kmpl alongside highway mileage of about 15 kmpl.

The 1.5L turbo diesel variant of Premier Rio provides better mileage of 13 kmpl in urban traffics, while on the longer routes it manages a 16 kmpl. This engine yields topnotch power of 64.8 PS  and 152 Nm of meaty torque. The latest entrant in the lineup is the Premier Rio 1.3L Multijet CDRi4 engine that is most efficient besides being more pocket friendly with greater mileage numbers. This powertrain smokes out 72 PS of utmost power, while 183 Nm of amazing torque. The fuel economy recorded in city conditions is of nearly 15 kmpl, whereas approx 19 kmpl can be extracted on the highways.

Variants Mileage (City) Mileage (Highway)
Premier Rio 1.2L MPFI Petrol 11 kmpl 15 kmpl
Premier Rio 1.5L Turbo Diesel 13 kmpl 16 kmpl
Premier Rio 1.3L CRDi4 Diesel 15 kmpl 19 kmpl

 

Premier Rio Models and Features

Premier Rio Variants

Special Features
Premier Rio GX The features in this base petrol comprise of rear wiper-n-washer, headlamp leveling device and tinted glass in the exteriors. Moreover, the other features are day-night rear view mirror, vanity mirror, digital clock and 50:50 foldable rear seats. Front seat back pocket, room lamp, luggage lamp, cup holder in console along with cigarette lighter are some of the convenient features.
Premier Rio GLX The top model petrol trim consists of all the features in the base edition along with some more aspects like 15-inch tubeless alloy wheels, blacked B pillar, vanity mirror, tachometer, floor mating, front 3-point ELR seat belts with pre-tensioners, 4-speakers and CD player with AM and FM tuning together with power steering.
Premier Rio DX The base diesel model has elements such as removable ash tray, front and rear seats adjustable head restraints, remote fuel lid opener, door open warning lamp and reverse gear indicator on instrument cluster. The other features consists of central locking, energy absorb type steering column, front power windows and side impact beams along with all the characteristics of the base petrol mate.
Premier Rio LX The high end diesel has got all the features as mentioned in the above models, moreover some distinct ones can be rear spoiler, rear window demister, manual AC with Heater, 3-spoke steering wheel and power steering. Furthermore, the safety aspects include Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), high mounted stop lamp and key less entry alongside and rear door with child safety lock.

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Premier Rio Engine, Power and Performance

Premier Rio is a car with good fuel efficiency supported by its engine that lets you be tension free and enjoy your drive and go at your desired place. It’s all its variants equally efficient and performance focused. There are overall three engines to choose from, two of them are diesel ones, while one is other is the petrol variant.

The Multi Point Fuel injection (MPFi) petrol engine with 1173cc displacement and 4-cylinders churns maximum power of 76.6 PS at 5800 rpm, while the torque numbers are good enough with 103.9 Nm at 3500-4250 rpm. This motor is Bharat Stage IV (BSIV) emission norm compliant and is mated to 5-speed manual transmission.

 The next is the diesel version Premier Rio that is packed with 1.5L, 4-cylinder 1489cc engine that manages to generate an utmost power of 64.8 PS at 4000 rpm alongside 152 Nm of top torque at 2250-3000 rpm. This BSIII diesel powertrain is mated to a 5-speed manual gear box. The third in the row is the 1.3L Fiat sourced diesel Multi-jet engine of Premier Rio. This reliable and tested power mill of Premier Rio produces 72 PS at 4000 rpm together with peak torque of 183 Nm at 1800-2400 rpm. This engine is sure to make a promising mark in the BSIV metros and major cities with its power packed performance. The gear box is similar as seen earlier, the 5-speed manual transmission.

 

Premier Rio Pickup And Acceleration

Being an urban compact SUV, the Premier Rio has neither embarrassed with the mileage nor it will do it when it comes offering rock solid performance. The 1.2L MPFI engine that outpours 76.6 PS of power and 103.9 Nm of torque attains a top speed of 145 kmph, while it manages to accomplish the 0-100 kph task in mere 14 seconds.

The 1.5L turbo diesel powertrain, which is a BSIII complaint engine, smokes out a fine 64.8 PS of max power along with peak torque of 152 Nm. This Premier Rio diesel motor achieves the 100 kph milestone from being stationery in just 17 seconds together with a worthy top speed of 145 kmph.

The newly launched 1.3L CRDi4 Fiat-sourced Multi-jet is able to clock a top speed of 145 kmph, which is made possible via maximum power of 72 PS and peak torque of 183 Nm. Moreover Premier Rio  manages to reach 0-100 kph in just 15 seconds that is commendable being a compact SUV.

Premier Rio Pickup and Acceleration
Engine Variants Power (PS/ RPM) Torque (NM/ RPM) Acceleration (0-100kph) Top Speed (Km/ h) Transmission
Premier Rio 1.2L MPFI Petrol 76.6/ 5800 103.9/ 3500-4250 14 seconds 145 5-Speed Manual
Premier Rio 1.5L Turbo Diesel 64.8/ 4000 152/ 2250-3000 17 seconds 145 5-Speed Manual
Premier Rio 1.3L CRDi4 Diesel 72/ 4000 183/ 1800-2400 15 seconds 145 5-Speed Manual

 

Premier Rio Interior And Features

Premier Rio Boot Open PicturePremier Rio being a mini – SUV offers you a lot. Its interior features are to comfort you, entertain you, make your drive relaxable and enjoyable, provide you safety making your drive tension free and support your drive in all the possible ways it can. Starting with its steering Rio has a power steering which is tilt adjustable and lets you drive flexibly and effortlessly.  Also to support drive there is a 5 speed gear box and front disc and rear drum brakes for smooth and speedy drive on different kind of roads. Then there are room lamps and luggage room lamps keeping in mind about the need of availability of source of light if you are driving at night or some place with not proper lights. There is even a sun – visor with a vanity mirror to keep the front passengers protected from the direct heat of the sun and also a vanity mirror in it for different purposes. It is accompanied by day and night rear view mirror, to assist you while driving. The car has a seating capacity of 5. And to make the drive comfortable, the most important thing is the car seats. If the car seats are comfortable, so is the drive. A special feature of 50 : 50 double folding rear bench seats which makes the occupants at the back sit while relaxing in the car and it even make the car more spacious. For long drives there are even front and rear seat head restrains which are very much adjustable and let you even sleep in half sitting position in a long drive way. There are front door trim pockets for front occupants and front seat back pockets for the rear seat occupants. These are for their extra carriage like magazine, books, water bottles, newspapers etc. Knowing about a humans need, there are even 2 cup holders for keeping glasses and cups during your drive. For those who smoke there is a cigarette lighter and a removable ash tray which will assist these people along with their drive and don’t let them stop in the way any where and even let the car b clean.


Permier Rio Dashboard PictureIts remote fuel lid opener does not let you get disturbed in between your drive by letting you get up from your driving seat. Added to it is the door ajar lamp and also there is instrument panel to help you in your driving, as it has digital clock, tachometer, electronic trip meter, 3 spoke steering wheel and also reverse gear indicator on cluster. Keeping in mind about the need of entertainment Premier Rio has got CD player with AM / FM radio accompanied with 4 speakers which provide a good sound quality and you can enjoy the music along with drive.


Also for the comfort level and as some extra features there are electronic front windows, central door locking which is really helpful when driving with child or children in car. Manual air – conditioner and heater for the summer and winter weather accordingly. Lastly it has an energy absorbing type steering column.

 

Premier Rio Exteriors and Features

Premier Rio Head Light PicturePremier Rio has got great looks and they can appeal anyone. Though it’s a quality type car with standard features but its sure that it has looked to the every aspect to fulfill your needs and thus it has work effectively on its looks and even exterior features. It should be said that it can be a car of your choice if u are looking for a standard quality car. Firstly, it has got headlamp leveling device, outside rear view mirror which is electricity operated, tailgate opener of key type. Also there are wind – screen wipers with 2 speed and 1 speed intermittent and even rear wiper and washer. Classy large and thin combined tail lamp is also present. The side claddings and rear window demister are added to it for the convenience. The glass window is tinted and even there are rear fog lamps at the rear side of the car. Tubeless tyres with alloy wheels and roof rail are also included in the option list. With these features and in different colours the Rio variants appeal to its buyers very much and is easily affordable being supported by so many features. Not only it has this, but Rio had lot more to offer.

 

Premier Rio Safety And Security

As told earlier that Premier Rio is concerned about everything you expect from a car like it and so are its safety measures which it provides at its best level. It has Anti – lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Braking force – Distribution system (EBD) which is a common safety feature in all the cars and thus can be known its importance. This system is of great advantages. Next come the seat belts which are also of great importance as they prevent or reduce injury at the time of accident. Premier Rio has seatbelts in front and in rear seats even but in front the seat belts are 3 – pointer ERL with pretensioner which exerts great force and thus prevent the front seat passenger from a bad injury at the time of accident. Then are the High mounted stop lamps which have got great intensity of light. Also there is child – lock at rear door which is again very helpful when you are driving with kids inside your car. This does not let you to get disturb while driving and lets you drive tension free and enjoy your driving. The feature of keyless entry is very supportive in cases where you have forgotten the keys or misplaced them. Last are Side Impact Beam and Brake Assist which again are the two very helpful features that help while driving.

 

Premier Rio Driving And Handling

Premier Rio is most easy to drive car as it is supported with many features. With its tilt adjustable power steering based on rack and pinion, with smooth brake system, gear system and clutch, it gives the best drive one can have. The front ventilated disc brakes & rear drum disc brakes never let the car skid even at short distance and maintain balance on road. It has even got advance suspensions which are acknowledged as one of the world’s best forms of vehicles suspension for cars. Independent McPherson struts & coil spring anti-roll bars in front limit body sway in corners and enhance handling & grip on road semi-independent torsion beam & gas dampers in rear for better handling on rough roads even proves advantageous. Accompanied with alloyed wheels & tubeless tyres, it gets a good grip on slippery surface even.

 

Premier Rio Accessories

Premier Rio Stereo PictureThe car has got lots of features but there are some more recognized as the accessories of the car that has nothing to do with driving but are there for your entertainment, comfort and your own needs. Like, for entertainment the music system with CD player and AM / FM radio. These have a good quality sound and let you enjoy music with driving. The cigarette lighter and removable ash tray are also very useful according to the one’s need. The vanity mirror and the sun visor provided are also counted as the accessories of the car.

 

Premier Rio Conclusion

The launch of compact SUV Premier Rio in the year 2009 was essentially a promising return of Premier Automobile Limited (PAL) in the passenger segment. Initially introduced with Bharat Stage III (BSIII) compliant diesel powertrains and BSIV petrol motor it was lately launched with a BSIV norms obedient 1.3L Multi-jet diesel engine to rule major cities and metros across the country. The compact vehicle Premier Rio is a value for money piece, as one gets the title of being an ‘SUV owner’, which is a proud thing for a first time car buyer. The Premier Rio is bound to attract younger customers in the country with its youthful outer surface and acceptable inside at this inexpensive price point.
 
The exteriors, especially the front is now much appealing than earlier boxy and restricted. Moreover, the interiors have also improved a bit with beige upholstery that makes a roomy feel inside the cabin. The earlier engines of Premier Rio though lacked power and performance but with this acclaimed Fiat-sourced engine it certainly erases the former errors in terms of performance. The move of presenting this new age engine is pretty endearing. But the question remains that with limited dealership and nearly ‘forgotten name’ will PAL be really able construct a smooth future on a tough-n-tight rocky terrain of competition ahead. With the likes of strong-going Renault Duster and upcoming Ford EcoSport in place it will be interesting to watch Premier Rio create a ‘unique’ niche for itself.

Premier Rio Variants

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Premier Rio Petrol
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1173 cc , Petrol

10.0 kmpl (City)
14.0 kmpl (Highway)

*Power Steering *Power Windows - Front *A.B.S.+E.B.D.+B.A. *Keyless Entry
1173 cc , Petrol

10.0 kmpl (City)
14.0 kmpl (Highway)

*Alloy Wheels *Floor Matting *Body Color Rear Wheel *Music System with AM/FM
Premier Rio Diesel
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1489 cc , Diesel

13 kmpl (City)
16 kmpl (Highway)

*Alloy Wheels *Floor Matting *Body Color Rear Wheel *Music System with AM/FM
1489 cc , Diesel

13 kmpl (City)
16 kmpl (Highway)

*Power Steering *Power Windows - Front *A.B.S.+E.B.D.+B.A. *Keyless Entry
1248 cc , Diesel

20.5 Kmpl (City)
23.5 Kmpl (Highway)

*CRDi4 Diesel Engine
1248 cc , Diesel

20.5 Kmpl (City)
23.5 Kmpl (Highway)

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