Kia has just given its Picanto supermini (A-segment) a facelift for the 2021 model year. Called the Morning in South Korea, the new Kia Picanto has been given a more modern look, improved engines, as well as better tech and advanced safety features.
The South Korean automaker’s updates to the Picanto include a redesigned front and rear bumper, new side skirt garnishes, new grille, and sleeker alloy wheel designs. The car’s LED lighting elements have also been revised, with the projector halogen headlights now featuring the signature four-dot LED daytime running lights of current Kias. At the back, the LED taillight graphics have also been revised for a more modern look.
Insite the Picanto is a new color LCD multi-information display along with a new large 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For the South Korean market, the Kia Picanto also gets Kakao voice recognition along with a sunroof, heated steering wheel, and automatic climate control.
Under the hood of the new Picanto is a revised version of the current model’s 1.0-liter inline-3 petrol engine. Now with the Hyundai Group’s Smartstream technology, the small engine now produces 78 hp and 95 Nm of torque. Transmission choices remain unchanged, which is either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. In the Philippines, the Kia Picanto utilizes a bigger 1.2-liter inline-4 petrol engine that produces 86 hp and 122 Nm of torque.
For 2021, the South Korean automaker concentrated on adding a plethora of advanced safety features to its entry-level supermini. Once reserved in more premium cars, the A-segment Kia Picanto now features lane keeping assist with lane following, driver attention warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Kia Picanto is now on sale in the South Korean market. A Philippine launch will likely happen in 2021 or when the coronavirus pandemic finally subsides.