After the Picanto, Kia also introduced a three-door version of the new Rio at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
This European model is expected to account for approximately 20 to 25 per cent of total Rio sales. It looks sportier and more appealing than the five-door, while remaining just as practical and in the same size (length 4,045 mm, width 1,720 mm, height 1,455 mm and wheelbase 2,570 mm).
The new model will offer customers a choice of four highly efficient three- and four-cylinder engines – with a 75 to 109 ps power range. The fastest Rio three-door will accelerate to 62 mph in 11.5 seconds and be able to reach a top speed of 114 mph. Fuel consumption will be as low as 88.2 mpg for the newly-introduced EcoDynamics diesel model, which will also deliver an industry-leading CO2 rating of just 85 g/km.
Kia is also showing a refreshed version of the ever popular Soul at Frankfurt Motor Show:
Styling improvements for the new model give Soul a wider, more stable appearance and more refined proportions thanks to an extended nose (by 15 mm) taking its overall length up to 4,120 mm. The front air intake is wider and larger fog lamps are also given a more prominent design. At the rear, the black bumper inset panel is extended, moving the fog lamps out towards the extremities of the car. As standard, new more powerful twin-bulb headlamps with black bezels and twin-bulb daylight running lights are fitted, while LED light clusters, front and rear, are standard on higher specification versions.
New style 18-inch alloy wheels and the ‘pull’ door handles enhance the Soul’s profile, while redesigned exterior mirrors feature integrated LED side repeaters.