The updated 2021 Kia Picanto range has arrived locally priced from $16,490 drive-away.
Headlining the MY21 changes is the inclusion across the range of a 4.2-inch colour driver information display in the instrument cluster, and a larger 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Depending on the grade, prices have increased by up to $800, while the range has been trimmed with the mid-spec X-Line variant getting the axe.
Externally, 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.
Disappointingly, Australia misses out on blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert that are available on European cars.
S and GT-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 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.
2021 Kia Picanto pricing (the first price excludes on-road costs):
Picanto S manual $14,690 – $16,490 drive-away
Picanto S automatic $16,290 – $17,490 drive-away
Picanto GT-Line manual $16,140 – $17,990 drive-away
Picanto GT-Line automatic $17,740 – $18,990 drive-away
Picanto GT manual $18,990 – $19,990 drive-away
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