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Kia has released design sketches of the all-new Rio, which will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.

The sketches suggest that the latest version of the supermini, a rival to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa and globally the Korean brand’s best-selling model, will be a five-door model only – currently almost nine out of 10 Rios sold are five-door versions.

Sharper styling is prominent in the new car – compared to its predecessor the new Rio has an extended wheelbase, with a longer front overhang and bonnet, and more upright rear pillars that according to its creators provide the car with a more confident, balanced look.

Kia is currently providing few details of the new Rio, saying only that it will offer “class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and more assured and engaging ride and handling characteristics.”

   

Engines are likely, however, to include the new three-cylinder 1-litre turbo petrol unit recently offered in the Cee’d, while a performance GT version of the Rio is also likely at some point.

The Rio launched originally in 2000 as a replacement for the Pride, and the car unveiled in Paris will be the fourth-generation model.

The new car will be revealed on Kia’s Paris stand on 29th September. Production for Europe will start towards the end of 2016, though a UK on-sale date is yet to be released.

The arrival of the Rio will begin a busy year for Kia model launches, with the brand effectively renewing its small car line-up – among others due on the market being a new version of the Picanto city car.

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Andrew Charman
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Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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