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Kia gives us a glimpse of new Rio


Kia has released three teaser sketches of its new Rio that will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and go on sale Down Under mid-year

The new Rio will be longer and wider, as well as sit lower, than the current model, offering more room inside and a sleeker appearance. (Looks a little like the Scirocco to me?)

According to Kia, the new look of the Rio is meant to "inject emotional appeal into the B-segment" and appeal to the 25 to 49 demographic.

Design chief Peter Schreyer describes the Rio as being “sporty and elegant”. It has a sleek, almost coupe-like profile, with a narrow sculpted glasshouse and detailing in the side doors, plus sweeping LEDE lights and a wide air intake up front.

Kia hasn't offered up any details yet on what's under the hood, but the likely candidates include the 1.8-litre producing 148hp (110 kW) and 131 lb-ft (177 Nm) of torque, likely mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

Let's see what comes out in March...

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