• Mar 31, 2011
2012 Kia Rio – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our man Jeremy Korzeniewski is attending a Kia event in Phoenix, Arizona this week, and during a press briefing this morning, JK learned that the Korean automaker will be unveiling its 2012 Rio sedan at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The four-door Rio will complement the hatchback bodystyle that bowed at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

Four powertrains will be available on the Rio overseas – two gas and two diesel – and while mum's the word on which engine(s) will be available here in the United States, we're putting our money on the 1.4-liter gasoline four. This mill produces 108 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or four-speed(!) automatic transmission.

In other news, Kia also let slip that the KV7 concept from this year's Detroit Auto Show previews what's in store for the next-generation Sedona minivan. We hinted at this after a conversation with Michael Sprague, Kia's vice president of marketing, though it's still unclear exactly what elements from the KV7 will be incorporated into the next-gen Sedona. The concept focused on a more traditional conversion van setup rather than the family-centric Sedona that currently graces our streets.




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      • 3 Years Ago
      And the Kia does it again. If i were at Honda, Nissan, Toyota (who Im singling out due to the atrocious designs of late ie new civic and Juke) Id be worried. Also the Detroit 3 and European manufacturers should take note, though the US certainly are coming along nicely for the most part.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't they use the 138 hp Accent/Veloster mill, especially given the hatch's sporting pretentions. That engine will get amazing mileage in the Accent...I would think Kia would want to be part of that party, though a 104hp 1.4l would no doubt be no slouch mileage-wise as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually those front three quarter images of the black hatch LOOK like sedan images. the shoulder is just beefy enough in that view to give the hint of a trunk and I think it looks sweet. Nice car and a great proportion for such a small car. Lets just hope it'll actually be available with 17s.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm liking this little guy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like an uglier Ford.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ooooh me likey. Me likey alot. But dont those wheels look like they were lifted right from the old TT Audi S4?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those tires are lookin quite ambitious :) Really wide :) Btw great lookin car!
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Kia story should be called "From zero to hero in a decade." I'm a Toyota guy, but this is amazing to watch.
        • 3 Years Ago
        An amazing interior for this class. And the outside is really quite exciting. Kudos Kia.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they don't put a 1.4 liter 108 horsepower engine in this car. That would make it no more powerful than the outgoing model. The Rio has always been a gutless piece of garbage. They need to up the power to make it appealing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ya'll seem to forget this is Hyundai Accent Class. the 108hp is the same as in the Accent.

        the forte is Elantra class.

        It would be nice to have true sport versions but not sure I see that happening at this class level. no one seems to have the guts to do it- though rumors abound of the sonic offering two engines. If that happens, expect some scrambling
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 1.8 and the 6 speed from the Elantra would be an improvement. Kia could always offer it as part of a "Sport" trim. Just an idea...
        • 3 Years Ago
        airchompers, clearly you haven't ever driven a Rio. I've driven two versions of the car, and neither were great.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks front looks like Stitch from Nilo and Stitch...
      • 3 Years Ago
      A 4-speed automatic transmission in a 2012 (or 2013) model car? I really hope this is simply a case of new stuff not being ready, as was the case with the C6 Corvette and the 2010-2011 Mustang.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It actually looks pretty nice, but I much prefer the hatchback, and I hope the US gets the hatchback in addition to the inevitable sedan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      the pictures in this article are wrong at its not the sedan that is shown. Also it has been confirmed by the Rio Product Manger on Kia Buzz that the engine for North America will by the 1.6L GDI which is also used in the upcoming all new Accent, which also has the 6 speed auto transmission.
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