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First photos of all-new Kia Rio




All-new Rio has its own interpretation of Kia’s signature grille, integrated with the headlamps to give a new twist on the Kia family look.  In profile, the body to glass ratio and its strong wedge form give new Rio a dynamic sporty stance.  The balance of the window graphic, wheelbase and overall proportions generates a ‘premium presence’ which is rare in this segment.  Overall, new Rio combines European finesse with Korean spice to create a form language that communicates Latin flair.

The new model features a wheelbase extended by 70 mm (to 2,570 mm) and promises greater passenger space and comfort, together with increased cargo capacity to 292 liters (hatchback) and 390 liters (sedan).  Exterior dimensions changes include: +55 mm (overall length), -15 mm (height) and +25 mm (overall width) to enhance the feeling of sportiness.

Inside, the new model will deliver a high level of quality previously associated with larger models – together with a wide selection of trim options.

Kia’s B-segment newcomer will be manufactured with an extensive range of six fuel-efficient and low-CO2 engines – from a 1.1-liter diesel unit generating 70 ps in Europe, up to a 1.6-liter GDI gasoline engine producing 140 ps for North America – with the powertrain selection tailored to best suit individual markets and local consumer preferences.  An all-new, high-performance 1.2-liter Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) will also be available in Europe from 2012.

Since its launch in 2005, global sales of the current-generation Rio have totalled more than 860,000 units.  It was the company’s third best-selling vehicle in overseas markets during 2010 with sales of more than 219,000 units.

The world premiere of the new Kia Rio will be celebrated at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – alongside another all-new product for Kia, the next generation Picanto city car – during its press conference, taking place at 16.15 (CET) on the Kia stand in Hall 6.  Also being displayed at Geneva, and making its European debut, is the innovative hybrid version of Kia’s stunning Optima sedan, scheduled to go on sale in the US market later this year.


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  • Gerrit

    Snazy looking car that 1.2turbo will be interesting

  • http://www.twitter.com/talipa2012 Tyler Lipa

    VERY excited for this it looks like the BEST Kia yet. Glad to see some ultra modern powertrains making it into this car. Looks super athletic can’t wait to see interior.

  • http://superbitar.wordpress.com/ Ibrahim Bitar

    WAWOO AMAZING CAR RIO.
    I am Waiting Motors SHow in March Jeneva

  • Gheyathco

    nice KIA rio very god KIA

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  • Kiatech

    Nice looking car, turbo model avalible in US? KIA needs to add a truck to the line up. Putting a truck body on the old Sorento BL frame would proably sell a lot.

  • jtz

    This is one heck of a design one heck of a design in deed. Each Kia has their own unique character and yet look alike. Does the Sportage look like the Forte? Does the Rio look like the Optima? Does the Venga look like the Soul? Does the Kee look like the Forrte? Does the Cadenza look like the Optima. The answer is “yes” and “no”.

  • Emmacoru

    When will this all new picanto come to peru???

  • Dean

    Best-in-class aesthetics, period.

    With gas prices climbing, this has to be on everyone’s short list.

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  • nariku

    when is it comin to singapore, i own 2006 rio ,can’t wait to change..

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