With two weeks remaining until Geneva Motor Show opens its doors, Kia Motors revealed their most important car of the event, the 2012 Rio. The car will take the stage in Geneva the all new Picanto.
With the 2012 Kia Rio, the Korean manufacturer continues its quest for making handsome cars. Every single model they launched in recent years is better and prettier than the last one and the Rio is no exception. It is a huge leap forward compared to the previous model.
Going on sale from early 2012, the new Rio will be available as 3-door and 5-door version and features 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 stance.
The new model is also larger than the old one and offers greater comfort for passengers and more space for their luggage. It has a wheelbase of 2,570 mm and 292 litres of cargo space. Dimensions compared to old model: +55 mm (overall length), -15 mm (height) and +25 mm (overall width).
There’s not picture for the interior available now, but Kia says will deliver a high level of quality previously associated with larger models – together with a wide selection of trim options. As for the engines, the 2012 Kia Rio will be offered with an extensive range of fuel-efficient and low-CO2 petrol and diesel engines. That includes a 1.1-litre diesel unit generating 70 ps, with CO2 emissions from as low as 85 g/km and a high-performance 1.2-litre Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI).