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Next generation Kia Rio image gallery, interior pictures included
Have a look at the next-generation Kia Rio image gallery, which includes the very first interior images.
Next-generation Kia Rio sedan has been spotted again, this time wearing slightly less camouflage. We have seen the very first 2012 Kia Rio spy shots surfacing to the the web about a month ago, when the prototype model has been caught while parked somewhere in South Korea.
This time, the new Rio has been spotted in China, which means we are looking at a 2012 China-market Rio model. The model is rumored to look slightly different than the US-spec Rio model. Only minor styling changes will be made to the two models so don’t expect to see the same as it has happened with all-new Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Verna that both feature a completely redesigned front fascia.
The power is expected to come from a wide range of small four-cylinder engines. Some of them, like Kia’s all-new 1.6L engine, will also feature the automaker’s latest gasoline direct injection technology. The 1.6L GDI engine has already been fitted under the hood of a Korean-market Forte 5-door hatchback and will soon appear in a wide range of compact Kia and Hyundai cars sold on the international markets.
In addition to the 1.6L GDI unit, there will also be a 1.4L four-cylinder gasoline engine available, as well as one or two modern diesel engines. Engines will be mated to five-speed, six-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
The next generation Kia Rio will boast a wide range of improvements in comparison to the current one. It is expected that Kia engineers will make some major improvements to the interior of the car. Autoexpress recently reported that a Kia insider revealed them the new Rio will match the interior quality of new VW Polo.
The safety comes first with all Kia vehicles, which means that the 2012 Kia Rio will also feature all-up-to-date safety features, including six airbags, ABS, ESP and many other safety systems. The next-generation Rio will ride on an improved Hyundai i20 platform, which was recognized as the safest car in its segment by the European New Car Assessment Programme. Therefore we are expecting the new Rio to receive maximum 5 stars at EuroNCAP crash tests.
How about the release date of the next generation Kia Rio? It’s still too early to tell. We have not been revealed this yet, however, you can expect the new Kia Rio to go on sale sometime next year as a 2012 model year. Stay tuned for more information of the next generation Kia Rio! [Image source: auto.sohu.com]
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