As stylish as the current generation Kia Rio is, there’s a replacement waiting in the wings, and our spy photographers have snapped a heavily disguised version of the next-generation hatchback as its heads out onto the open road for some real-world testing.
Although it’s hard to see too many specific details about the look of the next-generation city car, it looks as though the new hatch may feature slightly softer, more organic forms than the current vehicle.
The side window line is slightly upswept, and there’s a character line running along the flanks. At the front, the headlights have been slimmed down. The new Rio will also ditch the current generation’s flagpole-style wing mirrors and front quarter light.
It’s not clear which motors will power the next-generation Rio, but Hyundai’s latest engines, such as the new 88kW/172Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine in recently revealed Hyundai i20 Sport, may figure into Kia’s plans.
Other engines available in the second-generation European Hyundai i20 include 55kW/180Nm 1.1-litre and a 66kW/240Nm 1.4-litre turbo-diesels. Petrol options include a 62kW/122Nm 1.3-litre engine and 74kW/134Nm 1.4-litre.
Rumours indicate that the new Rio won’t make its full public debut until the latter part of 2016, meaning that it won’t reach Australian showrooms until some time in 2017.