2021 Kia Rio debuts design update, hybrid powertrain, more tech

Updated Nov 27, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Kia went all out for the new 2021 Rio hatchback.

Kia announced that the Rio will get a significant amount of upgrades to the subcompact sedan’s fourth generation. It will be loaded with new features, performance upgrades, and exterior design updates.

“The Rio is an important car for Kia in Europe and worldwide, and is an entry point into the Kia brand for many drivers. The upgraded model builds on the car’s key strengths – practicality, quality, and technology – with newly electrified powertrains, a refreshed design, and telematics features often found in cars many segments above. We are convinced these upgrades will make the Rio more successful than ever,” said Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe.

A Rio on the road

The new 2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

Under the hood, the new Kia Rio will be powered by the new EcoDynamics+ powertrain paired to Kia’s new Smartstream 1.0-liter T-GDi engine with Kia’s 48V MHEV system. With this, the Rio will deliver greater efficiency in terms of performance operation.

The new EcoDynamics+ reduces the car’s CO2 emissions between 8.1 percent and 10.7 percent. It is also offered with both 99 hp and 118 hp options.

In addition to its new performance features, the Rio EcoDynamics+ is one of the first models to be installed with Kia’s new intelligent Manual Transmission. It basically provides greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.

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Interior view of the new Rio Hatchback

Interior view of the new Rio Hatchback

Inside, the Kia Rio 2020 is installed with a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen display, offering Display Audio or Satellite Navigation. It comes with advanced split-screen functionality to let users control different features at the same time.

The upgraded infotainment system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The exterior design also gets upgraded with a sportier and more aggressive look. It’s iconic tiger-nose grille got narrowed and is coupled with a lower and wider front bumper that houses a new fog lamp.

The subcompact sedan now features new full LED headlamps with integral running lights across all of its variants. Lastly, it is offered with a new eight-spoke 16-inch alloy wheel design.

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A blue Rio with a mountain in its background

The Rio will be offered with three driving modes, Normal, Eco, and Sport

It is set to be launched across Europe in the third quarter of 2020. Kia announced that it will reveal more performance figures and tech details before the Rio’s official launch.

With all of its generous updates, we would love to see the upgraded Rio in the local market. However, there is no official announcement yet from Kia Philippines for this matter.

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Know more about Kia Rio

Kia Rio

The all-new Kia Rio Hatchback is a five-door automobile with a subtle European flair. Its sporty and seamless exterior is designed not only to turn heads but to offer better glide when on the road. Its interior features innovations that everyone will enjoy. There are two variants of the Kia Rio hatchback available here in the Philippines: the Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4 LX AT and the Kia Rio Hatchback 1.4 EX AT. It comes in Silky Silver, Smoke Blue, Aurora Black, Clean White, Deep Sienna Brown, Platinum Graphite, Signal Red, and Urban Green.

From ₱920,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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