Kia to debut facelifted Picanto in Geneva

Kia has announced that it will unveil the latest revised version of its Picanto city car at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The facelifted Kia Picanto will feature redesigned front and rear bumpers to boost the car’s bold looks, as well as a new update to the hallmark tiger-nose grille to further improve its design.

A new 14-inch alloy wheel design will also be available on the new model, as will an optional sport pack to make the Picanto stand out as one of the best looking and best performing city car models.

On the inside, Kia has added new chrome accents around the instrument binnacle and dashboard air vents, while a new cloth upholstery pattern will further add to its youthful and attractive appeal.

Premium additions

For the first time, buyers will also be able to specify the successful Picanto with a range of premium additions, which include the latest version of Kia’s audio-video navigation system and a seven-inch display.

Cruise control with a speed limiter will also be available on the updated city car to improve comfort for long-distance drivers, while a range of new interior colour packs can also be specified.

Allowing owners to customise their Picanto to suit their own personalities, the three packs add varying degrees of artificial leather and cloth seat upholstery, plus upgraded door panel inserts.

The Red Pack comes with black faux leather and red cloth seats, plus high-gloss red and black door panel inserts to give the Picanto’s interior a more alluring and customised appearance.

Vibrant and trendy, the Yellow Pack adds yellow and black artificial leather and cloth, plus yellow stitching and a bright yellow dashboard with yellow trim on the steering wheel.

Finally, the premium Brown Pack offers a classy brown artificial leather seats, with brown door trim and high-gloss piano black finish on the dashboard. Each pack also includes coloured footwell lights.

Larger brakes

The refreshed Picanto now features larger brakes to reduce stopping distance, while customers can also specify even bigger 252mm brakes over the now-standard 241mm to further improve safety.

Small modifications and tweaks have also been made to the 1.0-litre MPI engine, meaning that the Picanto city car now meets the strict Euro 6 emissions standards.

Currently being manufactured in Kia’s factory in Seosan, prices have yet to be announced for the upgraded Picanto, but Kia says that it will be available to buy in the UK by the end of March.