Rio becomes the first Kia petrol engine with 48 volts
Kia revises its small car Rio. The facelift makes it the first Kia petrol engine with a 48-volt electrical system. All information about the mild hybrid Rio!
For the first time, Kia is electrifying a petrol engine for mild hybrid. The 1.0 T-GDI develops 120 HP and is the top engine in the Rio. The 48 volt system consists of one small battery and a belt starter generator. This ensures that the Kia Rio gets a boost in certain driving situations, which should reduce fuel consumption.
Intelligent clutch helps to save
The touchscreen for infotainment grows up to eight inches in the new Rio.
When braking, coasting and driving downhill, the generator can also recuperate, i.e. feed energy into the hybrid system. If it makes sense for the engine electronics, the engine can also be switched off, for example in front of a traffic light. In order to be able to roll with as little loss as possible, models with a classic manual transmission have one electronically controlled clutch. It uncouples the transmission from the engine without the driver having to do anything.