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Kia Motors releases the first official photographs of the all-new ’12 Rio subcompact sedan, which will debut at the Geneva auto show March 1.

The new entry follows an updated ’11 model and will be available in most markets in the year’s second half.

Designed at the Kia design center in Frankfurt, the ’12 Rio will be available in 3-, 4- and 5-door versions, depending on the market. There are six engines options, ranging from a 1.1L diesel mill to a 1.6L GDI 138-hp powertrain for the U.S. and Canada.

An all-new 1.2L GDI turbo will be available in Europe sometime in 2012.

The new B-segment Rio is 2.2 ins. (5.5 cm) longer, 0.98 ins. (2.5 cm) wider and 0.6 ins. (1.5 cm) lower than previous models. The wheelbase is extended by 2.8 ins. (7.0 cm) to 101.2 ins. (2.6 cm).

In Geneva, the ’12 Rio will be shown alongside the Rio Picanto city car and a hybrid version of the Optima luxury sedan.