After being photographed for the first time in January, the all-new 2017 Kia Rio is now returning for some camera action.

After being photographed for the first time in January, the all-new 2017 Kia Rio is now returning for some camera action.

The third generation is on its way towards a well-deserved retirement and Kia is currently testing its successor which attached footage shows will be significantly larger. The rear doors of the camouflaged prototype appear to be longer and this means the supermini’s wheelbase is set to grow beyond the current 101.2 inches (2,570 mm). This will translate into a more spacious cabin, especially for rear passengers that will enjoy additional legroom.

The underpinnings are pretty much known taking into account the 2017 Rio will have a lot in common with sister model Hyundai i20. The engine range will probably begin with a naturally-aspirated 1.2-liter gasoline motor offered with 75 and 84 horsepower, followed by a 100 hp 1.4 liter. We also expect to see a turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.0 liter with up to 120 hp. On the diesel side, Kia will sell the new Rio with 1.1 and 1.4 CRDi units producing 75 and 90 hp, respectively.

The biggest news concerning the new Rio is the possible addition of a hot GT version due to arrive in 2018 with a larger turbocharged 1.6-liter engine pushing out around 180 hp. Kia’s Ford Fiesta ST competitor will also have a more aggressive body, bigger wheels, a stiffer suspension setup, and larger brakes to match the added power.

Until the Rio GT’s arrival, the standard fourth generation of the supermini could be introduced as early as October at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and go on sale shortly thereafter. It will be initially offered as a five door, but a sportier three-door derivative in the same vein as the Hyundai i20 Coupe will likely join the range a few months later.

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