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Revitalised Kia Rio hatchback arrives in NZ

By Kia Motors New Zealand Sep 30th 2020

Revitalised Kia Rio hatchback arrives in NZ

Kia has upgraded its Rio hatchback for 2021 to further enhance safety levels and deliver more customer-oriented features.

Now on sale in New Zealand the latest Kia Rio continues to break the mould when it comes to hatchback styling, with its strikingly modern design refreshed to continue to exceed customer expectations.

Safety – always a priority – has received a boost in the 2021 Kia Rio, with Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) that now detects cars, pedestrians and cyclists added across the range. Also fitted to every Rio model are Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA), where driver steering inputs and patterns are monitored using cameras and sensors, with an audio/visual warning issued if careless driving is detected. The Rio EX, Limited and newly introduced GT Line+ gain Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCA), Smart Cruise Control and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance (RCCA).

A significant step forward in comfort and convenience is the inclusion of a larger 8-inch audio-visual multimedia unit across the range, with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available on LX and GT Line, eliminating the need for a cable connection. There are USB ports front and rear. Satellite navigation is fitted to the EX, Limited and GT Line+ models.

All Rio models have a new 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster displaying important driver information in one central location.

The 2021 model year upgrade also sees front parking sensors, an electrochromic rearview mirror and rain sensing wipers available from EX and above.

Kia’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille has been reshaped for the new Rio, giving a more focused appearance. This is matched by a lower, wider front bumper with a distinctive new fog lamp housing. These changes give the front of the car a smoother, yet purposeful appearance, imbuing it with a more confident stance on the road.

All Rio models sport LED daytime running lights, while the Limited, GT Line and GT Line+ are fitted with LED bi-function projection headlights with cornering headlight control. The new GT Line+ receives quad LED fog lights, too. Smart key with push-button start is fitted to the EX, Limited and GT Line/+.

Mechanically, there are no changes to the 1.4-litre petrol engine and 6-speed manual and auto transmissions. Those looking for more spirited performance in the Rio GT Line and GT Line+ can still enjoy the verve provided by the a 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

“Rio continues to be one of the most popular models in the Kia line-up in New Zealand and the upgrades we have introduced for 2021 will certainly enhance that reputation,” says Todd McDonald, Managing Director of Kia Motors New Zealand.

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Delays for new vehicle arrivals

There is currently a worldwide shortage of the key electronic components required in many parts of a new vehicle. Without these components (called “semi-conductors”) the assembly of a new vehicle can be delayed, or in some cases can be impossible. Kia NZ is working closely with Kia Corporation to optimise NZ Kia production however delays are currently being experienced for NZ Kia customers.

Depending on the model and specification, delays can range from six weeks to six months plus. Your Kia dealer can advise you of the expected lead time for your specific vehicle. If you would like to contact us please click here. We would like to thank all of our customers for their support and patience during this time.