Kia Rio 4

The Kia Rio was last refreshed nearly two years ago, so it’s high time for a proper replacement. Our European spy photographers have shot the next-generation B-segment contender out and about, and it appears that the Rio is in for quite a bit of a makeover come next year.

Ever since its launch, the current Rio hatchback has wowed us with its stylish bean-like form, but it looks like the upcoming fourth-generation model will revert back to a more traditional two-box look. This is likely to ensure that the sedan version will feature more balanced proportions this time around, as it looks rather ungainly in its current iteration – the latter was recently launched in Malaysia.

Kia Rio 11

As such, the current car’s A-pillar quarter windows are no more, and the door mirrors have moved back to the base of the A-pillars instead of being mounted on the door panels themselves. Other discernible details include what appear to be U-shaped LED daytime running lights – now in a solid strip rather than the current car’s individual diodes – along with a new design for the LED tail lights.

The upcoming Rio is expected to be based on the new Hyundai i20, so expect the Kia to feature the i20’s range of engines, including 1.0 litre Kappa T-GDI three-cylinder, 1.25 litre Kappa II four-cylinder and 1.4 litre Gamma four-cylinder petrol engines, along with 1.1 litre and 1.4 litre CRDi diesels, matched to either five- or six-speed manual transmissions or a six-speed automatic.