New Premier Rio powered by Fiat's 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine is expected to carry a premium of Rs. 45,000 over the BS III diesel variant
Earlier in May 2012, Premier and Fiat signed a three-year deal for supply of Fiat’s 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine to the Indian carmaker. This deal has now yielded its result and on August 2, 2012, Premier will launch the 1.3-litre diesel Rio.
The 1.3-litre Premier Rio is a big deal for the company as this is the only diesel-powered Rio that will be sold in Tier I cities with BS IV norms. Given the demand for diesel vehicles in the market and the long waiting periods, the Rio has a cracking opportunity with its compact SUV design that also happens to be a favourite in the market.
We like the cosmetic tweaks given to the face-lifted Premier Rio launched at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo that make it a rather good looking little vehicle. The 1.3-litre diesel Rio will be a worthy contender to the traditional diesel hatchback and will indeed stand out of the crowd. Also read: 2012 Premier Rio : First Drive
As for the engine itself, Fiat’s 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine does duty on a host of cars here in India, including the hot-selling Maruti Suzuki Swift, Swift DZire, Ritz, Ertiga, SX4, Tata Indica Vista, Tata Manza, Fiat Punto and the Fiat Linea. So, there is no questioning the engine’s reliability or capability.
The 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine produces 75PS or 90PS in various cars it is fitted to, depending on the type of turbocharger. In the Rio, expect it to produce around 75PS of power and return a fuel efficiency figure of about 18 km/pl in city driving conditions.
Under the agreement, Fiat will initially supply 28,000 engines to Premier. This number could go up based on demand for the vehicle. Fiat will supply its diesel engines from its Ranjangaon plant to Premier’s factory in Chichwad, Pune.
Until now the Premier Rio was mostly limited to Tier II and Tier III markets due to its BS III compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine. As for the petrol engine that does meet BS IV regulations, performance is mediocre and skyrocketing prices of the fuel haven’t helped either.
When the 1.3-litre diesel Premier Rio goes on sale, it is expected to be priced at Rs. 45,000 over the BS III diesel variant. That means there will be three models of the Premier Rio on sale: a 1.2-litre BS IV compliant petrol model, a 1.5-litre BS III compliant diesel model and the new 1.3-litre BS IV compliant diesel model.
Premier currently has 55 dealerships in India, which will go up to 100 dealerships by the end of 2012. The company also plans to set up 200 authorised service centres named PASS (Premier Authorized Service Stations) across the country.
Recently Asked User Questions and FAQs about Premier Rio
User Questions and Answers
Mani_Kandan_4 asked a question on 13 April 2018
Q.What is the Seating capacity?What is the Seating capacity?
Its technically a 5 seater but the rear seat also has recline-able function. so with 4 people on board, the rear seats can also be adjusted like the front for comfort on long drives. rear seats can alIts technically a 5 seater but the rear seat also has recline-able function. so with 4 people on board, the rear seats can also be adjusted like the front for comfort on long drives. rear seats can also be split folded in 50:50 setup....Read More
answered by JOY MRC on 17 April 2018
Dharam_Singh asked a question on 12 April 2018
Q.Sir it is good looking but it not common on roads in india . why ?Sir it is good looking but it not common on roads in india . why ?
It was a Niche segment vehicle when launched.So compact SUV's didn't pick up well at the time, Quanto is another example from a well known maker. secondly this is a CKD car(Completely Knocked Down KitIt was a Niche segment vehicle when launched.So compact SUV's didn't pick up well at the time, Quanto is another example from a well known maker. secondly this is a CKD car(Completely Knocked Down Kit) so only assembly takes place in India. People have concerns over buying a new brand car wrt spare parts availability and resale value in future(It wasn't cheap either @ 7.5-8.5 lakhs on road for a car with such basic interiors). Premier had a very scarce dealership network in India and the poor advertisement of the product jointly went downfall for the car. It's a good car just like any other in the market but failed....Read More
answered by JOY MRC on 17 April 2018
Vishal1969 asked a question on 9 April 2018
Q.Is the Rio still in production ? If Not what is the availability of Spares ? If Available, please share details preferably in North India ? Also, please suggest price for used 2012 GLX ? Would you recommend buying the car ??Is the Rio still in production ? If Not what is the availability of Spares ? If Available, please share details preferably in North India ? Also, please suggest price for used 2012 GLX ? Would you recommend buying the car ??
Currently, there are no dealers or authorized service centers functioning for Premier Ltd. However it is possible to buy one brand new possibly at discounted rates from the Premier factory itself whicCurrently, there are no dealers or authorized service centers functioning for Premier Ltd. However it is possible to buy one brand new possibly at discounted rates from the Premier factory itself which is in Chinchwad, Pune. They had a sales center within the factory compound. All genuine spares parts of the vehicle are available all over India via doorstep delivery(3-5 days) since 2015 but finding spares in local shops is difficult. If you are hill bent on buying a Rio(like me :D ) I would suggest getting the CRDi4 variant which uses the FIAT 1.3L Multijet engine. This variant is there from 2012 onwards. The advantage is that finding engine/service spares is a breeze as the same engine is used in 30+ vehicles in India, so spares can be used from FIAT or other vehicle makers also like Maruti, TATA etc. The GLX you've mentioned seems to be using the 1.5L diesel engine sourced from Peugeot. If its the 1.2L petrol engine variant, best to avoid it as it sold in very less numbers and spares are also hard to come by. The ideal price range for good condition 2012 diesel Rio would be 2-2.5 lakhs. CRDi4 can fetch upto 50,000 more depending on condition. Try to get it at lowest price possible as you will have to face extremely low resale in future. For spare parts query, Whatsapp only 09447768811. I would recommend my car to someone as it is immaculately maintained from day 1 or a new car from Premier. It is just as reliable as any other car. BUT We don't know the story with other used cars so inspect thoroughly with a mechanic and get a repair/spares quote before hand and factor that in before arriving at a price for the car. Hope this helps. Regards......Read More