GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: First picture of Kia Rio released in advance of show
The redesigned Rio will feature a new design that brings it in line with the rest of the passenger car range and features Kia's signature grille, in this case integrated with the headlights.
Soon-Nam Lee, director of overseas marketing, Kia Motors Corporation, commented: 'This new model is a big step forward. The Rio has always been successful, and with this new incarnation we have a car that people will want to buy for its looks.'
The new model is longer and wider but shorter, and features a wheelbase extended by 70mm (to 2,570mm), giving increased passenger room as well as boot space, which rises to 292 litres for the hatchback.
Kia also promises improved quality for the interior.
Depending on the market, a range of petrol and diesel engines will be available – including a 1.1-litre diesel unit generating 70bhp, with CO2 emissions from 85g/km. An all-new 1.2-litre Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) will also be available from 2012.
The Rio goes on sale from the autumn as a five-door version and a three-door will be available from early 2012. Pricing and full range details will be announced nearer the onsale date.