Next-Gen Kia Rio Spied Testing

One of the aging models in Kia’s global lineup is the Rio, the current 4th generation model of which debuted in December 2016 and has been around for more than 6 years now. However, the South Korean automaker is preparing a newer generation model that was recently spied undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden.

Rio comes available as a sedan as well as a hatchback, however, the one spotted was a sedan example. The camouflaged test mule seems bigger and more upscale compared to the preceding one. Naturally, this increases the likelihood that this isn’t the Rio, but it seems improbable given that the prototype had wheels with the same number of lugs as the current Rio.

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The car’s headlights with integrated DRLs are visible despite the vehicle’s heavy camouflage. They are connected by an expressive front bumper with vertical air curtains, angular accents, and a sizable central intake.

Next-gen Kia Rio spotted testing- Photos: CarScoops

We can see a rakish windscreen flowing into a roof with a shark fin antenna as we move along the sides. The sweeping beltline below echoes this flowing design while there is streamlined bodywork and a rear quarter glass treatment that vaguely resembles the EV6. The vehicle also appears to have a dynamic rear bumper and three-dimensional taillights elsewhere. A dual exhaust system is also visible, indicating that this specific prototype may be a performance-oriented model.

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The current generation Kia Rio sedan

However, according to numerous reports, Kia Rio is being discontinued in Australia, South Africa, the UK, and Europe. The next generation model will most likely be introduced only in LHD (left-hand driven) markets while no RHD models are planned for now. The Rio’s platform as well as interior was used in the Kia Stonic crossover that went into production in 2017, however, the latter’s fate in terms of a next-generation model is still unknown.

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