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Is KIA’s Rio going to be revolution of hatchback in Pakistan?

South Korean manufacturer KIA is to introduce its 2021 Rio in Pakistan in January 2022. The sporty hatchback is going to give tough competition to the rest of the companies in Pakistan and remains an inexpensive, value-driven small car that gets you from point A to point B without complaint.

Pakistan is expected to get KIA Rio 2021 at the beginning of the next calendar year. The fourth generation of the KIA Rio was unveiled at Paris Motor Show in 2016 and is an FWD/AWD subcompact hatchback.

The Rio 2021 is a larger vehicle than its previous models, with an updated and sportier look added following the sporty trend in the auto industry.

The Kia Rio is available in 3 variants S, EX, and LS, and the South Korean manufacturer is planning to bring the 1.4 engine option in Pakistan.

According to Pakwheels the price of Rio in Pakistan is expected to be around Rs15 lac, going head-to-head with the existing hatchbacks in the country.

Since the car is expected to be launched in January 2022, it is only fair that we go through its features.


Pakistan is expected to receive the 1.4 DOHC 16 Valve Inline-4, meaning a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cam, and electronic fuel injection.

The car is expected to come with 6-speed Automatic Transmission. The globally available 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque, and the continuously variable transmission replaced the old six-speed automatic.


The Kia Rio exterior has gotten refreshed with the 4th generation in many aspects, with sleek narrow upswept headlights, a small grille with a chrome accent, with a grille donning front bumper.

KIA Rio Rear view
Source: Motortrend

On the other hand, the rear-end gives off a sporty look with sharp trapezium-styled side swept headlights and a horizontal chrome trim piece running the length of the standard case tailgate, Pakwheels wrote.

Interior and infotainment

On the inside, the new Rio has gotten a major update with black and polished silver trim pieces. In true Kia tradition, the interior is packed with technological goodies.

KIA Rio Interior
Source: Motortrend

The standard 8.0-inch touchscreen, which is large for its segment, is responsive and easy to use, plus it features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It adds flair to the otherwise plain but respectable-looking cabin, Motortrend wrote.

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There’s a convenient place to store your phone in the center console area, and rear passengers have access to a USB port. Cloth seats, a six-speaker audio system, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats are standard.

Safety features are also standard with the car.