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What Will the 2021 Kia Rio Bring to Tampa Bay?

2021 Kia Rio Speculation and Predictions 

The rumor mill is spinning as it always does and there is currently talk of a mid-cycle refresh for the Kia Rio. The fourth-generation Rio has been a fan-favorite at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL and now with a 2021 model in the works we suspect this variation will be just as popular. But what exactly will the 2021 Kia Rio bring to Tampa Bay? We are breaking down the Friendly Kia 2021 Kia Rio speculations and predictions below.  

Let’s see what might be coming for the 2021 Kia Rio! 

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2021 Kia Rio Facelift and Features Predictions 

Blue European 2021 Kia Rio Model

Based on the changes coming to the European Rio model, we suspect that for 2021 the Rio will join the market with a refreshed look and a minor facelift in the U.S. market. It is likely the U.S. 2021 Rio will bring a slightly redesigned front end, with attention specifically on the bumpers, headlights, and taillights. We suspect the Rio will bring a slightly narrowed tiger-nose grille paired with a wider front bumper.  

The European 2021 Rio is a hatchback model that is set to offer nine color options, including the new additions of Perennial Grey and Sporty Blue. The U.S. Rio and Rio 5-Door both currently offer six color options and it isn’t confirmed whether these colors are set to join the lineup in the U.S. 

2021 Rio Mild-Hybrid Technology 

The European market is seeing a big change in its Rio lineup for 2021 with the addition of a mild-hybrid option. This model is set to be the first Kia powered by a gasoline mild-hybrid electric vehicle powertrain and we are hopeful that this technology will cross over onto the U.S. model. Given the rise in demand for hybrid models across the U.S. and the Kia brand’s commitment to offering eco-friendly vehicle options, we suspect that this mild-hybrid technology will more than likely join the U.S. market.  

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When Can I Buy a 2021 Kia Rio in Tampa Bay? 

Kia has yet to confirm any details on a U.S. variation of the 2021 Kia Rio but given that the European release date is approaching quickly, we suspect we will see a 2021 Rio in Tampa Bay by the end of the year. Stay tuned to the Friendly Kia blog for more speculations and predictions on upcoming Kia models and to learn more about the 2021 Kia Rio as information releases.  

To view the current lineup of Kia models at our Tampa Bay-area dealership, head over to the Friendly Kia inventory today.  

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