It features a wheelbase extended by 2.8 inches (to 101 inches) over the current model and promises greater passenger space and comfort, together with increased cargo capacity to 10.3 cubic-feet (hatchback) and 13.8 cubic-feet (sedan).
For worldwide sale, the 2012 Kia Rio will feature a range of six fuel-efficient and low-CO2 engines--from a 1.1-liter diesel unit generating 70 horsepower in Europe, up to a 1.6-liter direct injection gasoline engine producing 138 horsepower for the U.S. market.
Both a three- and five-door hatchback, plus a sedan variant, will be launched in the second half of the year.
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