Kia Picanto Facelift To Debut Next Month At Geneva
|   Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kia will present the Picanto facelift at the Geneva Motor Show, scheduled for early March (March 5 to 15, 2015). Until then, the first images of the Korean version of the model have been published on the Internet.

Kia Picanto received a facelift on the market in South Korea and the changes applied to the model sold in that market under the name of Morning will be reflected on the European version too. The changes involve a new front side, a refreshed range of alloy wheels, and changes at the interior level.


The Picanto's cabin facelift has extra chrome elements surrounding the ventilation slots,board clocks as well as new upholstery patterns which increase the car's appeal. At the centre of the dashboard, a modern fascia now surrounds the Picanto's audio system. Optionally, those at Kia will offer a navigation system for the Picanto facelift equipped with a touch screen, with a seven inch diagonal (available from Q3).

For the first time, a range of optional premium features are being introduced to the Kia Picanto, like the latest generation of Kia's AVN (audio-video navigation) system. The Korean model will benefit from the speed limiter and cruise control system to improve long distance comfort for the driver, and customers can order new colors for the interior too.

Moreover, the improved model at this moment offers a series of three interior color packs which enables owners to customize their Picanto. Thus, clients can choose a new design for the 14-inch alloy wheels and include an optional sport package, transforming the upgraded car into one of the finest vehicles in the A segment, both in its 3-door version, as well as the 5-door variant.

The Red Package has a sporty look, provides artificial black leather and red cloth seats with high gloss red and black door panel inserts.
The Yellow Package is trendy and vibrant and offers black artificial leather and cloth seat upholstery with yellow stitching, plus a yellow dashboard and steering wheel ornament.

The Brown Package has brown artificial leather seats, brown door ornaments together with a high gloss piano black dashboard trim.
At the technical level, the Kia Picanto will be offered with an optional braking system with larger discs on the front axle, measuring 252 mm instead of 241 mm. Due to that the braking distance from 100 km / h goes down two meters for a total of 37 m.

On top of that, the 1.0 MPI engine from the Picanto range has been revised to comply with Euro 6 standards. This new engine is based on the 1.0-liter 69 hp unit used on the Picanto and Hyundai i10, and thanks to turbo tech it obtained 106 hp and has a fuel efficiency index of 33 MPG, or 7.1 l / 100 km.

The improved Kia Picanto has the front and rear bumpers redesigned to increase the car's bold appearance, as well as advertise Kia's hallmark "tiger-nose" grille.
Photo credit: autoevolution.com
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