Kia looks to be about to facelift its Rio B-segment (Ford Fiesta, VW Golf, Vauxhall Corsa) sized car — and our spies have caught it.
The Rio has been conspicuous for some time as the last model in the Korean maker’s range to get an update to the new design thinking of Peter Schreyer, the man begind the Audi TT before he left to become head of styling for Kia. Out go the borrowed looks for something much more contemporary, sharing styling cues with other models in the range such as the Picanto and Cee’d.
The new Rio debuted at the Geneva salon in March and has not yet gone on sale in the UKm but it would seem the front end of the car is already getting tweaked. This may also coincide with the debut of the three door version, promised at Geneva.
The new model has an extended wheelbase by 70 mm (to 2,570 mm), offering more passenger space, together with increased cargo capacity of 292 litres for the hatchback. Compared to the outgoing model, the new one is 55 mm longer, 15 mm lower and 25 mm wider.
The Rio will be offered with wide range of petrol and diesel engine, including a 1.1 litre diesel unit generating 69bhp, with CO2 emissions from as low as 85 g/km. An all-new 1.2 litre GDI petrol will also be available from 2012.
The new Rio will be on sale in the UK from September as a 5-door version, with the 3-door following in early 2012. Pricing and full specs will be announced nearer the on-sale date.