First Look At The New Kia Rio

First look at the new Kia Rio

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Kia has released the first images of the revised Rio hatchback that will be officially unwrapped at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Kia has undergone something of a revamp over the past few years with the Korean manufacturer aiming to bring its production models in line with the design language and quirky appearance of its popular concept models.

The Rio is the latest model to experience that distinctive redesign and to that end the hatchback will feature Kia’s signature grille and integrated headlights. The new Rio is small but solid looking and benefits from a wedge-like profile on both the three- and five-door versions.

According to Kia, the latest generation of Rio has a longer wheelbase which ultimately translates into more interior and passenger space as well as an improvement in load capacity.

The Rio will be available with a wide range of efficient petrol and diesel engines including a 70PS 1.0-litre diesel unit that has CO2 emissions of 85g/km – the lowest in the Rio range. Kia will also release a high-performance unit in the form of a 1.2-litre Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) unit later on in 2012.

Soon-Nam Lee, Director of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corporation said: “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."

Last year the Rio was Kia’s third best selling vehicle with almost 220,000 sales worldwide and Kia will be hoping the new Kia Rio deals with as much success.

New Kia Rio prices are yet to be announced however the manufacturer will release further details closer to the 2012 sale date.

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