KIA’S smallest warrior, the Picanto, will benefit from a refreshed design across the range, with a distinctive new look for the premium GT-Line and GT variants, with the change expected to provide greater differentiation for the higher grade models.
The ‘face’ of both sporty models has been revised to give each car a more purposeful design, starting with the ‘tiger-nose’ grille, which remains sleek and sporty but with a sharper and more assertive appearance.
Below the grille is a restyled lower air intake, magnifying the aggressive look of the front end, while the rear boasts a new bumper design with dual exhaust tips and a wider, more aggressive posture.
At the base of the Picanto range, the entry level S model will gain upgraded MFR halogen headlights, with the GT-Line and GT featuring projection halogen headlights, and sculptured front fog lights.
As a final styling tweak, the GT-Line and GT models will ride on new look 16-inch alloy wheels, with both models to feature their own styling packages. For example, the GT-Line gets its own badging and body kit.
New for 2021, the GT will be powered by the next generation Kappa 1.0-litre turbo GDI engine (74kW and 172Nm), coupled to a five speed manual. The rest of the range will carry-over current power trains.
Across the 2021 Picanto range, all models now have an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with a 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster. Wireless smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth multi-connection capability have also been added for the first time.
Expected to arrive in Australia in quarter three of this year, the 2021 Kia Picanto comes with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty, and fixed price servicing and roadside assist for the same period.
Pricing and an official launch date will be announced soon.