2012 Kia Rio

2012 Kia Rio Photos Released; Packs New Three-Cylinder Engine

Kia has just released a few photos of the new 2012 Rio that is slated to go on sale in the UK in September and will pack an all-new engine.

The Kia Rio, the smallest model in the Korean automaker’s lineup, received a facelift that will help it fit in with the company’s new and reworked model range.

Following redesigns of the Optima, Sportage and Sorento, Kia turned its design team on the Rio. The new 2012 Rio is slated to be shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks and one must say, it certainly looks good, which is to be expected following their recent design successes.

The Rio will be offered with a plethora of gas and diesel engines in other markets, including a tiny 1.1-liter diesel that will only pump out 85 g/km of CO2. The engine that should generate headlines is the new 1.2-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine that only packs three cylinders. If the new engine proves to be a hit in Europe, Kia will bring it across the pond to the United States.

Soon-Nam Lee, Director of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corporation, commented: "This new model is a big step forward. The Rio has always been successful, and with this new incarnation we have a car that people will want to buy for its looks."

The new 2012 Rio gets longer, around 70 mm, and should offer greater passenger space and comfort, as well as an increase in cargo capacity. The cabin of the Rio will feature a high-level of quality that one would expect to find on higher end models, as well as a wide range of trim levels.

The 2012 Kia Rio three-door will go on sale in the United Kingdom in September, while the five-door will be launched next year. There has been no official word on when the 2012 Kia Rio will be on sale here in the United States, but it should arrive around the same time as the European version.

[Kia]