The updated Kia Picanto has been revealed ahead of a local arrival in the third quarter of this year.
The Picanto GT-Line and GT models receive the most significant changes including a tweaked tiger-nose grille, a restyled lower air intake, a new rear bumper design with dual exhaust tips and a fresh 16-inch alloy wheel design.
GT-Line and GT models also get Projection Halogen Headlights with front fog lights, while the entry-level Picanto S variant gains upgraded MFR Halogen Headlights.
Every Picanto will come standard with a larger 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 4.2-inch colour driver information display in the instrument cluster, and wireless Apple CarPlay.
Disappointingly, Australia misses out on blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert that are available on European cars.
The updated Picanto GT is powered by a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing the same 74kW of power and 172Nm of torque as the old unit. It’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
S, GT-Line, and X-Line models will carry on with the current 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine developing 62kW and 122Nm, it’s mated to either a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic.
The upgraded Picanto is scheduled to arrive locally in the third quarter of 2020, full specs and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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