It was anticipated that no further information would be released ahead of its motor show debut at Geneva in March. However, Kia bosses have taken a U-turn and released a rear shot and a side view, which displays rather SEAT Leon-esque proportions and similar design cues. The front view was released earlier this week, before the car goes on sale in the UK in June.
A more versatile SW estate version will go on sale in the Autumn and a three-door pro_cee’d replacement will arrive early next year. The name for the latter is still under discussion, with considerable debate ongoing as to whether to retain the underscore, and the pro_cee’d name, or simply refer to the car as the thee-door cee’d. The three-door version of the Rio, due on sale soon, is referred to as such by the Korean car company.