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Recently, Kia showcased a variety of models of the new Kia Rio. It has already begun to accept reservations and will compete with Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen Polo.

In terms of appearance, the upgraded Rio has relatively small adjustments, its radiator grille is slightly narrower, and the new 16-inch alloy wheels have been painted.

There are not many changes to the interior. The interior materials have been updated. The more obvious change is the new 8-inch infotainment system. The driver can perform a series of operations, including real-time traffic information, weather forecasts and Parking spaces, etc., the system now also supports voice commands.

Compared with the old model, the biggest change of the new Rio is the addition of a new 1.0-liter mild hybrid gasoline engine with an output of 118 horsepower and a torque of 200Nm.

The power system includes a belt-driven starter generator and a compact lithium-ion battery pack, which can recover the energy wasted during deceleration and feed it back to the car's electrical system.

The new Rio is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with an acceleration time of 9.9 seconds from 100 kilometers and a maximum speed of 189 kilometers per hour. More importantly, under the WLTP test, its fuel consumption per 100 kilometers is 4.4L, and its carbon dioxide emissions are only 123g/km.

The new engine can also be used in conjunction with Kia’s new “by-wire clutch” manual gearbox. The gearbox does not use a traditional mechanical linkage between the clutch pedal and the master cylinder, but replaces it with an electronic control system to control the clutch. Open and close.

Kia said that under actual driving conditions, this setting can reduce carbon dioxide emissions from traditional manual transmissions. Because when the car's ECU detects an opportunity to increase efficiency, it will automatically disconnect the engine and coast to neutral, which will reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

In addition to the hybrid version, the new Rio also offers a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine version with a power output of 99 horsepower and 172Nm of torque, as well as an upgraded version of the old Rio’s 1.25-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.

In terms of interior and equipment, standard equipment for the entry-level Kia Rio “1” includes electric and heated rearview mirrors, heated rear windshield, and ramp maintenance assist system. The interior is equipped with air conditioning, monochrome Bluetooth radio system, four-speaker stereo and fabric decoration.

The more advanced Rio “2” adds 15-inch alloy wheels, projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and LED indicators. The interior is decorated with high-quality fabrics, leather-decorated steering wheel, gear lever and rear power windows.

Rio “2” technology has also been upgraded, including cruise control, reversing camera, 4.2-inch display dashboard and six-speaker stereo, as well as Kia’s new eight-inch infotainment screen, which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The flagship GT-Line S model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a unique dark chrome radiator grille, sports package, new LED front fog lights and dual-exit exhaust system. The interior has a mixture of black fabric and artificial leather, and buyers can get a new sports steering wheel, artificial carbon fiber dashboard decoration and aluminum pedal box.

Source: WapCar


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