Arrival of the facelifted Kia Picanto with EV9 styling

The dramatic new look of the 2024 Picanto, which was influenced by Kia’s EV9 luxury SUV. This includes the distinctive front and rear lights as well as a squarer overall appearance.

Full-width light bars are now standard on the new Picanto’s front and back ends, but they are only available on GT-Line variants; black trim is used on lower-end vehicles. Sporty design elements from the previous vehicle, such the striking red accents, have been swapped out for more upscale black trim.

Since that this is merely a cosmetic change, Kia’s 2024 Picanto maintains the same dimensions as the outgoing model, despite the fact that its new appearance gives the impression that it is a larger car with more presence on the road. When questioned, Andrea De Arcangelis, a product expert for Kia, revealed that the company had made a concentrated effort to entice customers away from the larger, soon-to-be-discontinued Kia Rio supermini.

The interior of the newest Picanto is substantially identical to that of the outgoing model, with the exception of new interior color options like Adventure Green and Rich Brown, which mirror new exterior paint colors.

A 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility will come standard on all new Picanto models.

A driver-attention monitoring system is included in the extensive list of safety equipment, and an upgrade to the Forward Collision System is made to prevent turning into traffic at intersections.

The 66bhp 1.0-litre non-turbo petrol engine from the previous model is retained, and a 1.2 is also offered. The 99 horsepower 1.0-liter T-GDi turbo-petrol from Kia won’t be available, though. Both engines will be offered with both automatic and five-speed manual gearboxes, each rated to get 60 mpg (55mpg est.).