Kia Rio will live on in North America

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In August 8, 2020
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Even though its Hyundai sibling, the Accent, will live no more, the Kia Rio will continue on into 2021 with a styling update and technology updates for North America. Kia confirmed to Car & Driver that the 2021 model will be available in the US, but Kia Canada declined to comment as plans are still being finalized for the Canadian market.

Production of the 2021 Kia Rio is set to start later this year, and will feature a massaged fascia as well as more mature interior. Our photos are of the European spec, but we don’t expect the North American version to look much different.

Europeans will also receive a 48-volt mild hybrid system, but don’t expect that to come to North America. Instead, we’re more likely to retain the current 1.6-litre four-cylinder connected to a CVT.

Kia recorded its best-ever July sales month with 8,300 units sold, despite that month taking place in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The sales numbers represent an increase of 3.7 percent over 2019, with the Sorento, Forte, and Seltos taking the crown as most-sold models.

Small hatchbacks are dropping like flies from brand’s lineups these days in favour of small crossovers. We’ve already witnessed the demise of the Toyota Yaris, Chevy Sonic, Honda Fit, and even the Kia’s cousin, the Accent, but the Rio looks to carry on — at least in the United States, so we hope that’s a good sign for those that want options in the affordable end of the car market.

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