Beneath the camo and snow probably lies the Kia Rondo variant of the Hyundai ix30. Both will be based on the Kia Cee'd, but expect the Rondo's personality to be less Flash Gordon and more fresh groceries than the Hyundai HED-5 concept upon which the ix30 is based.

It looks like the next iteration might have similar interior packaging as the original Rondo with seating for five or seven depending on package choice. Engine and transmission options should, of course, be very similar to whatever Kia decides to offer in the new Cee'd.

The first Rondo was an affordable MPV that pretty much came and went with little fanfare. But if the Rondo gets a dose of Kia's current design language, it to sell a little better than the last model. Then again, it'd be hard to sell fewer.

Will the new Rondo be available to U.S. families? Who knows? There wasn't exactly a lot of love for for the model the last time, but competition in the small MPV category is finally heating up, so perhaps more buyers will be paying attention to the segment. We'll watch for more details from next week's Geneva Motor Show.


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      scionxd48
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will we get this in the US? Probably not. Will it be sold in Canada, where the Rondo still sells, and sells pretty decently...probably. I suspect this vehicle will be like the Chevrolet Orlando. Not sold in US, but sold in Canada.
      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually, it'd be easy for the Rondo to sell less than it did -- it could sell what the Mazda5 sold in its same years on the market. Yep, the Rondo outsold it. The Rondo was a terrible name and was so frumpy. But god, MPVs are SO USEFUL and I wish the U.S. could get another one with some updated styling. The 5 is still a blast to drive, comparatively, but after seeing what one looks like on the road....yikes.
      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's definitely some potential in a vehicle larger than a Vibe and smaller than the current Outback for people looking for utilitarian vehicles that aren't a pain to park in small spaces.. Styling definitely kept the first Rondo from going anywhere, and this version looks a little more promising so far.
      PACMK02
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring it to America but this time add rear sliding doors a la Mazda 5, a 200hp 4 cyl engine and spice up the styling a bit with Kia's current design flair and I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more Rondo's out there. Ehhhh...and may be they should also do something about that name, hehehe...
      Chilipepper
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mazda 5 is in a class of one right now. It is a fantastic driving and packaged car, but the Mazda designers screwed up the redesign royally in 2011. Can't get by the smiley face and swoopy sides. It is only going to get worse for them when the KIA, Hyundai and Ford variants come to market. Especially if the KIA and Hyundai look anything close to the HED-5 concept.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        Ya know, I had actually told myself I was gonna get past the front and the swoops...and then I was behind one on the road one day. The undercarriage is almost fully exposed, and it looks like the car's just kinda floating on top. THAT'S the angle that made me say "I couldn't live with this car." I doubt they'll bring the next-gen back to the states considering how poorly it's selling. Sad.
      sundude
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Kia Rondo is probably the frumpiest car on the market today. The automotive equivalent of "granny panties." yawn!
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sundude
        They stopped making it 2 years ago, dude.
          sundude
          • 2 Years Ago
          @regionrat
          It's still on sale in Canada and many other countries, dude. In fact they sold more than 6,100 of them in Canada last year. But thank you for your American-only perspective...
          scionxd48
          • 2 Years Ago
          @regionrat
          Only for the US. It was facelifted for the 2011 model year in Canada.
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        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        You may want to check the "Made In ____" sticker on that computer you're typing on. As well as most of the other things in your house/apartment/mom's basement.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      God I sure hope not...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        Sounds like the previous renter was... ahem... quite fond of it, or at least the space available for... how shall I put this... extra-curricular activities.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          Nobody will ever get laid in a rondo...at least, nobody worth laying.
      FRENZIED
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting. @ Autoblog. I sent you photos of similar test mules in Golden CO. over 5 months ago. You still have those? XD
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FRENZIED
        Yeah, that looks like the Hyundai version, by looking at the jacked up back doors. The Kia version (Rondo) has more...normal doors. Other than that, yes, they look pretty similar.
        FRENZIED
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FRENZIED
        Here are the photos I took of the test mules I saw in Golden August 31. A couple of them look very similar to this white mule in the snow. www.photobucket.com/HyundaiKiaTestMules2011Aug31
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh. Rondo. So repulsive.
      BrunoT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will we get it? Oh boy I know I'm sure holding my breath! LOL
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