New Kia Rio got hybrid powertrainMay 26, 2020
The Kia Rio was updated in 2020 with styling changes and new EcoDynamics + engines.
The new Kia Rio, the first model in blitz products from the Korean manufacturer, which will last 18 months. Rival Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa will receive new engines, a special transmission, which is said to increase efficiency, as well as a number of improvements to the interior equipment, infotainment and safety technologies.
The biggest technical news is EcoDynamics +, which combines the latest turbocharged T-GDi three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine with a 48-volt starter-generator, which for the first time helps models with a soft hybrid.
The system, which has a lithium-ion battery, uses braking energy and then transfers it back to help the engine during stop and during acceleration. Kia claims that this technology helps reduce CO2 emissions by 8–10% as part of the old NEDC test cycle, although the company has not yet published any official WLTP data for the new model.
EcoDynamics + will be installed on two versions of the 1.0-liter engine, called Smartstream. 99 horsepower will be available. and 118 hp, while in some European countries the motor will be offered without a hybrid component (and probably at a lower price).
Meanwhile, a more efficient gearbox uses an electronic clutch system that integrates with the MHEV system, so the engine shuts off earlier when the car stops. Other changes to the transmission lineup include a six-speed transmission on a 99-hp model, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox on the same version, but which will be available as an option.
Changes to the exterior are relatively minor. There are new, wider bumpers and a fresh design of LED headlights and daytime running lights. Inside, the Rio receives an updated UVO Connect infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen that will include satellite navigation at some trim levels. On others, owners will be able to rely on the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are included.
Also, updated materials are used in the decoration, including carbon fiber on the dashboard for the GT-Line versions, there are height adjustment on the driver and front passenger seats as standard.
New safety technology includes collision detection, vehicle and cyclist detection. The new Rio will go on sale this fall.
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