Kia has updated the sedan and hatchback Kia RioAugust 6, 2020
The Korean automaker has already released the updated Rio for Europe, although we don’t expect to get a 48V hybrid system from that market. The 2021 US model will hit the assembly line later this year.
The Kia Rio sedan and hatchback is expected to receive the same styling and technological upgrades as the model’s European specification. The company itself said that production of the 2021 model year car will begin at the end of this year.
Rio 2021 will continue to compete in the shrinking subcompact market with many automakers phasing out their compact models. For example, the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris are discontinued.
While the details of the US specs have yet to be released, we anticipate the 2021 Rio will be similar to the recently updated European model. Thus, the car will receive an improved design of the front and rear and a more modern interior with a modified infotainment system. However, the 48-volt hybrid version is not expected to reach markets other than Europe.
Currently, the American version of the Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. This powertrain is likely to remain unchanged in the updated model. We can expect prices to rise slightly compared to the current version of the model. Now in the USA they start at $ 16,815 for a sedan and $ 17,455 for a hatchback.
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