The new Kia Rio, the first model in the blitz products from the Korean manufacturer, which will last 18 months.
Rival Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa will get a new engine, special transmission, which reportedly increases the efficiency, as well as a number of improvements salon equipment, infotainment technology and safety technology.
The biggest news in the technical part – a unit EcoDynamics +, where the latest three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine T-GDi with turbocharging, combined with a 48-volt starter generator, which first helps the models with mild hybrid.
The system, which has a lithium-ion battery uses the braking energy, then transfers it back to help the engine during a stop and when accelerating. Kia claims that this technology helps reduce CO2 emissions by 8-10% under the old test cycle NEDC, although the company has not yet published any official data WLTP for the new model.
EcoDynamics + will be installed on two versions of the 1.0-litre engine, which is called Smartstream. Power will be available in 99 horsepower and 118 HP, while in some European countries, the motor will be offered without the hybrid component (and probably at a lower price).
Meanwhile, more efficient transmission uses an electronic clutch system that integrates with the MHEV system, so the engine is shut off before when the car stops. Other changes in the lineup of transmissions include a transmission with six speeds on the model with a capacity of 99 HP and semistuporous dual-clutch transmission with the same version, but which is available as an option.
Change the appearance of the exterior is relatively minor. There is a new, wider bumpers and a fresh design, led headlights and daytime running lights. In the cabin the Rio gets an updated infotainment system UVO Connect with an eight-inch touchscreen, which will include satellite navigation on some trim levels. On the other, owners will be able to rely on wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are both included.
Also the finish can be applied updated materials, including carbon fiber on the dashboard for versions GT-Line has a height adjustment on the seats of the driver and front passenger as standard.
New safety technology includes a collision detection, detection of vehicles and cyclists. The new Rio will go on sale this fall.