4 July 2023
Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

Kia updates Picanto

4 July 2023 - The Kia Picanto, Kia's compact hatchback, has been enhanced with a new design and with advanced technologies as seen on other models in the brand's wider model line-up. The new Picanto comes with the choice between baseline and 'GT-Line' trim levels. The sporty 'GT-Line' embodies Kia's brand aspirations and combines a stylish exterior with advanced technology.

The enhanced Picanto is inspired by Kia's 'Opposites United' design philosophy, which harnesses the creative tension generated by the divergent values of nature and modernity to deliver a harmonious whole. The result creates a bold and futuristic impression with a modern and sporty design.

Kia Picanto

Incorporated with the enhanced Picanto's new front bumper, signature 'tiger nose' grille, fender and bonnet, its new light signature leads into the front air intake elements and gives the car a dramatic image. The optional LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights emphasise modernity and technology, as well as giving the new Picanto a wide, confident stance. A simple and stable rear design highlights the vertical connectivity between the new Picanto's redesigned rear lights and rear bumper. Its strong and wide rear light signature utilises the volume and core of the new rear bumper and new tailgate to emphasise strength and width.

Picanto baseline comes with 14-inch wheels as standard, and the choice between new 14-inch alloy wheels, 15-inch alloy wheels and new 16-inch wheels is optional. The 'GT-Line's presence is strengthened with a confident front end with pronounced sporty elements. The tiger nose grille has been expanded to maximise the look of high performance. The 'GT-Line' also features new dedicated 16-inch diamond cut wheels and a sporty 'GT-Line' rear diffuser.

A choice of nine paint finishes enables Picanto to stand out with a bold exterior image; four are new: Signal Red, Smoke Blue, Sporty Blue and Adventurous Green.

Interior design

The enhanced Picanto's cabin is available in various finishes. The baseline comes with black cloth seats. Optional finishes include Glossy Black, as well as a new range of interior colour packs: Adventurous Green and Rich Brown. These styles are inspired by nature and enhance the customers' ability to customise the cabin of their car with the premium comfort of artificial leather seats. The 'GT-Line' features the Glossy Black Pack as standard, with the Adventurous Green Pack as optional. The colour packs always feature customised artificial leather seats and door armrests, as well as coloured surrounds around the air vents and gear selector.

Artificial leather represents the first step in Kia's strategy to make its vehicle colours, materials and finishes more sustainable. Action 1 is 'leather free,' meaning Kia plans to phase out the use of leather in its vehicles, starting with the EV9. Action 2 stands for '10 must-have items,' meaning 10 materials Kia has identified as being particularly sustainable that it intends to incorporate into its vehicles in the future, and Action 3 stands for 'Bio Fabrication,' representing the innovation of new bio-based materials.


The new Picanto comes with the choice of two engines: customers can choose between a 1.0-litre or a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The 1.0-litre engine is aimed at customers who value efficiency above all, while the 1.2-litre engine is for customers who want more power, especially for driving at high speeds or uphill. The naturally aspirated engines feature improved exhaust gas recirculation lines and optimised intake valve timing. In addition, each engine provides improved combustion chamber cooling thanks to new improvements made in this field.

Both engines drive the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission (5MT) or via Kia's Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which is based around a five-speed manual transmission with clutch and gear shift actuators to automate their respective functions.


The new Picanto comes with an 8.0-inch 'floating' touchscreen navigation system and a high-resolution 4.2-inch digital display in the driver's instrument cluster as standard. The vehicle's 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system features Bluetooth multi-connection, meaning users can pair up to two mobile devices at the same time - one for hands-free phone and media use, and the other for media use only. The system features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Kia Connect features include a range of on-board services including live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest (POIs), and details of potential on- and off-street parking. Depending on the country, users can remotely send route directions to their car before a journey, check the location of their vehicle, and access vehicle reports and diagnostic notifications.

Meanwhile, Online Voice Recognition lets users search for POIs, addresses, weather updates, or send text messages with voice commands. A new 'Online Navigation' routing service uses cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data to predict time-efficient routes more accurately than ever before.

Users can also access the accompanying Kia Connect App, compatible with Android and Apple smartphones, which offers features such as Last Mile Navigation. This helps customers continue navigating to their destination after they have parked and left the car behind. It also helps Kia customers navigate in towns and cities where parking hubs are often some distance away from shops, cafés, and restaurants.

Lastly, the new Picanto comes fully equipped with new over-the-air functionality, which delivers additional comfort for customers and will also save them time, as the navigation and infotainment systems are automatically kept up to date wirelessly - no action required. This is just one example of how Kia is establishing the basis for an enhanced and seamless connected experience by providing its customers the most advanced technology.


The new Picanto features Kia's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a range of active safety systems to enhance occupant safety. Depending on specification, the Picanto's new ADAS features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 1.5 (FCA) with vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian detection. This function includes Junction Turning: If a risk of collision arises while turning right at a junction, the function automatically assists with emergency braking.

Additionally, the Picanto is available with Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning and Leading Vehicle Departure Warning (DAW+), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) and Lane Following Assist (LFA).

LFA uses the front-facing camera to monitor road markings, controlling the enhanced Picanto's steering to keep the car in the centre of its lane. It also features Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) which alerts the driver and stops the vehicle if it detects another vehicle approaching from the left or right when reversing out of a parking space.

Moreover, the new Picanto is equipped with an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which automatically flashes the hazard warning lights to alert the car behind if the driver brakes suddenly. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) holds the car on the brake to ensure the car moves away smoothly from a hill start.

In addition, the enhanced Picanto is also equipped with Kia's Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Straight-line Stability (SLS) systems as standard, helping drivers maintain control under braking and cornering. Finally, the enhanced Picanto is fitted with up to six airbags throughout the cabin. It also features ISOFIX child-seat tether and anchor points.