Facelifted KIA Picanto: one motor and a new gearbox?

Facelifted KIA Picanto: one motor and a new gearbox?


The company KIA has officially unveiled the restyled compact, intended for the domestic market. Models corrected appearance, was also expanded the list of available equipment. But the gamma motor in Korea, on the contrary, reduced.

Small hatchback KIA Picanto actual generation (factory index JA) launched in 2017. It’s time for a planned restyling, and the first refreshed CD will be given to the Koreans: in the homeland of the sale of this model begins today, may 12. We will remind, in the Korean market “pyatidverka” called Morning, and the updated hatch got a “name” – Urban.

Thus, the separation of the standard and the “sportivanya” (GT Line) version of the CD in Korea is no more – all models have new bumpers single design. Also replaced the grille, foglights and headlights (the expensive models they are projection-type, with four led elements, performs the role of DRL). Tail lights have retained their shape, but different toppings. In addition, at the stern there are two plates that mimic the exhaust pipes. In addition, the expanded palette of exterior colours, wheels have a new design (available with 14 and 16 inch, but 15 inch is no longer available).

The main new things within a screen diagonal of 4.2 inches in the instrument panel (display have the pre-reform model, but it is smaller) and a multimedia system with 8-inch touchscreen (previously 7-inch tablet) and voice control. Well, for the hatch you can still order orange decorative insert (before they were available in grey, black or white), and in the driver’s seat appeared ventilation. Also, the equipment list was replenished Morning Urban monitoring system “blind” zones of retention in the lane and prevent collisions with cross traffic when reversing.


In Korea, the upgraded hatch is available only with one engine – a modernized “aspirated” 1.0 MPI. The engine still produces 76 HP, but the company said that it has become more economical. “Turbotronic” 1.0 T-GDI (100 HP) and a gas liter engine LPi (74 HP) compact and restyled at home have lost at least not yet. Dismissed and five-speed “mechanics” – Morning Urban is only offered with the same four-stage “automatic”.

At home the price of the refreshed model starts with $ 11 950 000 won, equivalent to about 9 800 dollars at the current exchange rate.

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Global redesigned the compact KIA Picanto is likely to unveil in the near future. In other countries, the reduction of the engine range is expected. In Europe, for example, the hatch features the same liter “aspirated” (but with a return of 67 BHP) and “Turbotronic”, plus “four” 1.2 (84 HP). But to replace 4АКП, according to unofficial data, there may come a robotic box – like the related Hyundai i10.

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