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New concepts for Detroit

Kia Motors’ eventual replacement for the Rio will make its first appearance in four-door sedan form at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit in January.

Kia Motors has released the first official sketches and details of the company’s redesigned B-sector challenger from the ground up.

The all-new Rio-replacement will feature a longer wheelbase, a wider track and more horsepower than its predecessor, providing better handling, a smoother ride and improved levels of performance, says Kia.

Three engines will be available in Europe – a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre gasoline engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. All other regions will have a 1.6-litre and 1.4-litre gasoline option.

The KCD II is the second concept vehicle from Kia’s California design centre. The KCD II provides a North American take on a potential new product segment for the company, presenting a modern SUV that features three rows of seats and dual full-length sunroofs.

Built on a long 116-inch wheelbase, the vehicle spans 192 inches in overall length.

MX-Crossport hints at possible future Mazda design direction

The MX-Crossport is also scheduled to be shown in public for the first time at the Detroit show in January.

The MX-Crossport was designed at Mazda’s main design studio in Hiroshima.

While Mazda has not yet officially confirmed a production model based on the MX-Crossport, the company has stated that it intends to expand its line of new-generation products for the North American market and beyond.

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