Kia has just released the first details and photos of the new Rio sub-compact ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show in March. A sister car to the Hyundai Accent (details on the 2012 model here), the Rio gets a unique styling and for now will only be available as either a 3-door or 5-door hatchback. The 2012 Hyundai Accent, revealed at the Montreal Auto Show, will be sold as both a 5-door hatch and a sedan.
The new car is 2-inches longer, one inch wider and roughly half an inch lower than the outgoing model, with a wheelbase that has increased by almost three inches – which should notably improve rear seat room.
Details on the U.S.-spec model are not yet available, but the European versions will get either a 69-hp 1.1-liter diesel, or a turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) 1.2-liter that’s touted to get as much as 50-mpg. When it does arrive in the U.S., it should share the Accent’s direct-injection 138-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes 123 ft-lbs of torque.
Get full coverage starting March 1st and see AutoGuide’s 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.