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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

In late 2020, Kia introduced the facelifted version of the sub-compact range Rio.

It brought a breath of fresh air to a car introduced in 2017.

The fourth generation of Rio was designed in Kia's design centers from Russelsheim (Germany) and California. It was no longer a car built for a low budget, but more of a car built to offer the most for its price. The 2021 version enhanced the visual elements and brought more technologies under the skin.

For the 2021 model, Kia designers introduced a massive grille in the lower part of the bumper, despite the small engines. The car's performances did not exactly match its aggressive look, but at least it was a more pleasant view when compared with the non-facelifted version. The angular headlights showed LED daytime running lights around the inner headlamps. The fog lights found their way into the side scoops, used as fake air-intakes to cool the disc brakes.

The interior showed more respect for the customers, and it helped the driver with a new infotainment unit offered as an option, with an 8" touch-screen placed on top of the center stack. The instrument cluster featured traditional, analog dials from its predecessor.

The powertrain was enhanced with a starter-generator that helped the car to comply and exceed the Euro 6d norms. The 1.2-liter and the 1.0-liter mild-hybrid engines were paired as standard with a manual transmission, while the latter unit was available with a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch) automatic transmission.

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KIA Rio 2020 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.2L 5MT (84 HP)
  1 mild hybrid engine
  • 1.0L T-GDi 6MT (100 HP)

KIA Rio 1.2L 5MT (84 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 5MT (84 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1248 cm3
Power
61.8 KW @ 6000 RPM
84 HP @ 6000 RPM
83 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
90 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
122 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
160 in (4064 mm)
Width
67.9 in (1725 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/60 in (1,519/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.6 in (2581 mm)

KIA Rio 1.0L T-GDi 6MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L T-GDi 6MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
998 cm3
Power
73.5 KW @ - RPM
100 HP @ - RPM
99 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Mild Hybrid
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
160 in (4064 mm)
Width
67.9 in (1725 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/60 in (1,519/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
101.6 in (2581 mm)
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
Power pack
Lithium-Ion
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