Kia has released the first details about the 2012 Rio, which is slated to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Kia has released the first details about the 2012 Rio, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Available in 3- and 5-door body styles, the Rio "combines European finesse with Korean spice to create a form language that communicates Latin flair." While we're not so sure about the latter statement, the redesigned model has a sportier front fascia, distinctive headlights, and a prominent C-pillar.

Compared to the outgoing Rio, the new car is 55mm longer, 15mm lower, and 25mm wider. It rides on a 2,570mm wheelbase, which is stretched 70mm over its predecessor. Thanks to these changes, the cabin is roomier and cargo capacity climbs to 292 liters (3-door) and 390 liters (5-door).

Under the hood, a variety of engines will be offered including a turbocharged 1.2-liter GDI petrol and a 1.1-liter diesel with 70 PS (51 kW / 69 hp).

The 2012 Rio will be unveiled on March 1st, so stay tuned for full details.

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