Our regular readers will remember that we not just tested the Premier Rio but also tried to bring to light the Japanese connection that the Chinese car has. We mentioned that the diesel version is not on sale in metro cities owing to it not being BS4 compliant. Back then, we had mentioned that Premier is close to finish developing the BS4 ready diesel motor equipped Rio and that the car will be seen sporting our national engine- the 1.3 Fiat Multijet. Now, Premier is almost ready with the 1.3 litre diesel Rio and is busy expanding its sales and service network as it foresees a good demand for the new version of this car. It is quite logical that the Mini SUV with macho looks and a good diesel engine has some market in the country.
Premier is working on to expand its dealer network from 50 to 80 by June 2012. Out of these 30 new dealerships, 2 will be in the East Zone, 4 in the South Zone, 10 in the North Zone and 9 new dealerships in the West Zone. The location of the remaing five has not been decided yet. Number of Premier Authorized Services Stations will also go up to 200 mark and the Indian manufacturer plans to boast of as many as 100 dealerships and 300 service centers by December this year. The manufacturer has also tied up with ‘IndiaAssistance’ to provide 24X7 breakdown assistance.
It seems unlikely to us that the 1.3 Multijet will be found under the hood of Rio and should come only with facelifted car- the Rio+.