Kia has announced details of the latest version of its Picanto city car.

Cars of this size have historically been poor sellers in Australia with its sprawling suburbs
however increasing environmental awareness did there was a surge in popularity of the
segment which saw Kia begin importing the Picanto in 2015.

The arrival of compact SUVs has seen the micro segment dwindle to just two cars –
Picanto and Fiat 500 with the little Kia outselling the Italian mini by a ratio of 9 to 1.

As with the other cars in the segment Kia’s primary target for Picanto has been late-teen /
early 20s females, with a smattering of baby boomers taking up the slack. Those at the
young end of the age scale typically have a three-point check list – cute styling,
affordability and the latest in infotainment technology.

New Picanto ticks all three boxes.

It comes with two variants, Sport and GT-Line, each powered by the existing 1.2-litre MPI
petrol engine and mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed
automatic transmission, producing 62kW of power and 122 Nm of torque.

Kia’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy been incorporated into new Picanto, lending
itself to a modern and sporty design highlighted by a new headlight graphic, expanded
radiator grille, and redesigned front bumper. The rear design has been slightly tweaked,
with adjustments made to the rear tail lamps and bumper for a sportier appearance.

On GT-Line variants, further exterior modifications have been made. The front & rear
lighting have been transformed to the new ‘signature’ lighting design, creating the illusion
of a wider appearance.

New wheel designs have been applied to both trims, with 14-inch alloy wheels for Sport
and 16-inch machine-finished diamond cut alloy wheels for GT-Line.

Premium artificial leather now features as a standard material across the steering wheel
and shift knob (manual and automatic) of both trims. Additionally, GT-Line variants gain a
D-cut sports steering wheel.

Analogue gauges have been replaced in favour of a 4.2-inch digital cluster across both
trims, creating harmony with the existing 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment display.

Passengers in GT-Line variants also benefit from added convenience with the addition of
rear USB Type-C charging ports.

Further reinforcing Picanto’s suitability for young drivers, it is equipped with a range of
Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as standard across both trims,
including Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist; Rear (BCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-
Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Lane Follow Assist (LFA), and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA).

Electric and folding side mirrors with integrated indicators are newly standard across both
trims, with heating function carried across with GT-Line variants.

Picanto is offered in a choice of seven exterior paint finishes, with one (Adventurous
Green) being new to the Kia colour palette.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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