• Jan 12, 2011
Next-gen Kia Rio renderings – Click above for high-res image gallery

Much like its sister company Hyundai, Kia is in the midst of a major product overhaul, spearheaded by the launches of the Soul, Forte, Sorento, Sportage and Optima all within the past few years. The next major up-do within the Kia line is the B-segment Rio, and Kia has just released these sketches of the new subcompact that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Kia's new design language, brought forth by chief design officer Peter Schreyer, is very much present in this new Rio. Both the headlamp and front fascia design are reminiscent of what we see in the Sportage and Optima, and the rear taillights mimic the shape of what's found on the Forte. Combine that with a swept-back profile and a strong character line stemming from the front wheel and the end result is something that should wind up being quite handsome in production form.

We'll have the full details in just under two months, but in the meantime, foliow the jump for Kia's press blast.

[Source: Kia]
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The first official sketches of the next generation Kia Rio revealed today show a powerful, bold design that marks "the next big step" in the company's ongoing design revolution.

Longer, lower and wider than the existing Rio, the new model is designed to inject emotional appeal into the B-segment, targeting progressive, energetic consumers who want a stand-out design.

Described by Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, as 'sporty and elegant', the B-segment newcomer has a swept-back profile and a character line rising out of the front wheel which gives it a sense of movement and fluidity, even when stationary. Inside, new Rio will offer a feeling of quality typically associated with larger, more expensive models.

"Downsizing is becoming more and more of a trend these days and a B-segment car as attractive as all-new Rio, with its driver-oriented cabin and interior trim options, will no doubt help consumers to be more comfortable making that switch. New Rio is the 'next big step' in Kia's design revolution and we anticipate this model becoming even more popular than the current vehicle," comments Soon-Nam Lee, Director of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corporation.

The new Kia Rio will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, March 1 2011.

The current Kia Rio was the company's third best-selling vehicle in overseas markets during 2010 with sales of more than 205,000 units.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      cool! has a bit of VWness in it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, it's going to have 30 inch wheels, 10-series tires and no wheel gap. LOL, love those concept renderings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As a designer myself, I don't understand why they start with such unrealistic drawings, only to have to dumb them down to make them realistic.

        It seems to me that if designers started with an approximate idea of the power train/drive train they needed to build around, and then practically maximized the design and aesthetic around that central base, cars wouldn't be such oversized messes as they are today. Space would inevitably be used more efficiently, and after generations and generations of this practical design, our cars would be more than just engines and frames with weird shaped panels on them.

        But perhaps I don't know what I'm talking about and I'm simplifying the issue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am amazed at Kia's comeback.

      Soul, Forte, Forte Koup, Sorento, Sportage, Forte 5-door, Optima, and now this beautiful piece of epic design.

      Also, Chevy and Ford are doing really good now too in terms of design. The Cruze Hatch is epic, and that electric Focus looks like an Aston Martin. Mmmmmmmmm.

      I am just amazed at auto manufacturers right now. Except Toyota. The only new-ness that's worth it are a swagger-wagon, SUV, and a really weird Prius concept... The Corolla is only getting uglier, and just a grill change won't help the Camry at this point....

      Now is the time for Suzuki to make a comeback. The Kizashi is an amazing car for the money. Everything else from them though is meh. I like the Gran Vitara, the XL7 is too odd, the SX4 is pretty cool but pretty old, and that's it I believe... Hmmm... Something needs to happen or they'll just get shut down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's hoping that Kia chooses to do this as a 3-door hatch now that the Accent is going 5-door and Kia already sells the Soul,

      • 4 Years Ago
      That, with a turbo 4 from the Sonata/Optima, and that would be a more convincing hot-hatch than the weird Hyundai Veloster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if they could just put a decent independent suspension on this, and don't screw it up with some odd door combination, it could be a winner. Make it a two door hatch like the Veloster should have been.

      • 4 Years Ago
      it is similar to Golf GTI
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hello, is that you 2014 GTI?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watch out Sonic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kia continues to kick major stylistic arse and flat-out embarass better funded brands. Peter Schreyer is the man for turning the brand around. He is the Anti-Bangle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's really exciting watching Schreyer develop his design language with each new introduction. It doesn't matter what segment he's designing for, each new Kia is at the head of its class in style.

      alphagnome: the Veloster isn't in the same segment as the Rio. That's the Accent's job. The Veloster is more of a Tiburon replacement, it's the low end of the sportier coupe market. It's avant garde for sure, but it's no mere hatchback and was never intended to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spyshot that I saw was kinda different from what I saw here.Actually everything was covered but the back edge was located pretty high.
      Rendering is perfect.I hope they could keep the production same as rendering as possible cause previous rio didn't came out not even same as rendering.
      But that was 5 years ago.I believe they can do it now.Maybe not quite as same but
      pretty sure that it will be very nice in production form.
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