Kia Motors has revealed a refreshed Picanto with substantial upgrades, expected to go on sale in most markets during the third quarter of 2020. Apart from design changes, Kia says the city car now features safety and telematics technologies often seen in larger, more expensive vehicles.

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The front end of the Picanto has been substantially redrawn both in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ variants. The ‘tiger-nose’ grille features a new textured chrome-effect surround that extends into the lower part of the redesigned headlamps, and gives the car a wider appearance. Both versions of the car now feature redesigned headlights and four-bulb LED daytime running lights.

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At the rear, the car also features a new LED rear combination lamp design that takes inspiration from the Telluride SUV’s tail lamps, and a slimmer fog light design.

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Inside, the Picanto features several design and technological upgrades, including a larger 8.0-inch ‘floating’ widescreen audio visual navigation system, and a high-resolution 4.2-inch digital display in the driver’s instrument cluster.

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Depending on trim level and market, the Picanto’s cabin is offered with black cloth or synthetic leather seats available with a range of trendy interior colour packs. Shown here is Red Pack, finished in black upholstery with red seat bolsters, gloss black highlights and red-and-black door accents.

The updated Picanto is the first model equipped with Kia’s new Automated Manual Transmission that’s based around a five-speed manual transmission with actuators to automate clutch operation and gear shifts.

It is equipped with several of Kia’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and a range of new active safety systems to improve occupant safety, making it one of the safest cars in its class, says the Korean carmaker. Depending on specification, the Picanto’s new ADAS range includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with vehicle and pedestrian detection, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Lane Following Assist.

“The Picanto is one of our best-selling models in several regions worldwide, and a particular favourite among European A-segment drivers,” says Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe. “The upgrades to the model are designed to keep the Picanto one step ahead of its competitors thanks to its vibrant design and fun-driving attitude, combined with ‘class-above’ connectivity and safety technologies. We are confident the updated Picanto will further extend our market share in this highly competitive segment.”