When I first saw rear view, it reminds me of a certain seat model. The bonnet carries the familiar “Peter Schreyer” grill while the side profile carries strong resemblance to the Kia Ceed, which is only available in Europe. Overall, the redesigned model has a sportier outlook with solid edgy lines. I particularly like the black plastic touches at the front and rear bumpers, which adds a certain European flair to the car. Compared to the outgoing Rio, the new car is 55mm longer, 15mm lower, and 25mm wider. It rides on a 2,570mm wheelbase, which is stretched 70mm over its predecessor. Thanks to these changes, the cabin is roomier and cargo capacity climbs to 292 liters (3-door) and 390 liters (5-door).
It gets more interesting under the hood. A variety of engines will be offered including a new turbocharged 1.2-liter GDI petrol. I hope this is going to make the base 1.2L Golf sweat abit. No further details are available at the moment. Expect the new six speed automatic gearbox from the Hyundai-Kia group to find its home under the bonnet of the new Rio as well. The 2012 Rio will be unveiled on March 1st, so stay tuned for full details.