Updated Rio: the first mild hybrid brand

Updated Rio: the first mild hybrid brand


KIA Motors company has announced the planned upgrade of the model Rio. The hatchback was the first mild hybrid brand; got robotic transmission iMT advanced multimedia UVO Connect, and an expanded set of electronic assistants. Sales of the restyled model in Europe will begin in the third quarter of this year.

Contrary to the global trend in the new KIA Rio branded grille “tiger nose” has become already. This is done to give the appearance of “focus”. Also changed bumper and bezels “fog lamps”. Hatchback received full-led headlights with running lights and two new colours-grey Perennial Grey and blue Sporty Blue. In addition to the model suggested vosmiseriyny 16-inch wheels of the new design.

Have been revised and gamma engines. The line appeared EcoDynamics units+, which is a turbo engine 1.0 T-GDi from the family of Smartstream, complemented by a 48-volt starter generator in the belt drive (MHSG). Add-MHEV helps the engine during acceleration, and reduces emissions of carbon dioxide (8.1–10.7%), and also works as a system “start-stop”. The company reported that the modification of the Rio EcoDynamics+ one of the first to get the new transmission is a “robot” iMT.


In addition to the hybrid powertrain, the redesigned Rio for proposed conventional turbo 1.0 T-GDi power 100 forces and modernized “aspirated” 1.2 MPi , developing 84 strength. Forced the unit works in tandem with a six-speed “mechanics” or double clutch “robot” 7DCT, atmospheric – with a five-speed manual transmission.

In the cabin of the Rio hatchback has a new multimedia system Phase II UVO Connect with touch 8.0-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and access to online services. The screen can display weather, traffic, fuel prices and Parking, as well as descriptions of various attractions. In addition, branded smartphone app allows you to find the car in the Parking lot or to upload a pre-created route in the onboard navigation.

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Finally, the hatchback KIA Rio has become safer. The driver: system to prevent frontal collisions, which recognize cars, pedestrians and cyclists, smart cruise control, lane traffic. In addition, there is a system of Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA) warning that the car ahead began to move, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), watching for cross traffic behind the car and Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) notification of the passenger on the second row.

Sales of the updated KIA Rio in Europe will begin in the third quarter of this year. Prices and detailed specification will be announced later.

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