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2021 Kia Rio spied in camouflage

The 2021 Kia Rio has been spotted testing by spy photographers. Testing in thick camouflage, we expect the new Rio to feature much-changed styling and a host of engine and tech upgrades. When it reaches showrooms, it’ll continue to rival the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa.

It’s hard to make out styling details of the new car but it’s thought that the 2021 Kia Rio hatchback will borrow some of the styling cues of the new Kia Sorento, which was recently teased. The headlights will incorporate thin LED daytime running lights and the grille may be a little taller than before, while the lower air intakes will have a sharper design too. Like the latest Kia Ceed, the nose seems to be lower than that of its predecessor.

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The rear carries even thicker camouflage but we can see that the boot shape will have a wider opening and that the brake light clusters will sit fully on the tailgate. This model has large two-tone alloy wheels and twin exhaust pipes, suggesting it’s the sporty-looking GT-Line spec.

Midlife facelifts tend to include updates to the technology on board and the Rio should be no different. The seven-inch touchscreen is likely to grow in size slightly, and will feature crisper graphics. It should also be offered on most models in the range. Kia will also take the opportunity to fit more soft-touch materials around the cabin, giving it a more upmarket feel.

The engine range is likely to get tweaked to improve fuel economy. Every engine, including the peppy 1.0-litre turbo, manages a mpg figure in the high 40s, but many rivals can return comfortably over 50mpg. Kia has been using mild-hybrid technology to increase efficiency recently and the Rio could benefit from this. There’ll be no diesel model, however.

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