Kia Australia believes the Picanto is “a very important product” in Australia and will launch a PE2 facelift next year
Kia Australia’s general manager of product planning, Roland Rivero, confirmed to Chasing Cars that the model is due to receive a facelift in 2023.
“Picanto will be with us for a long time yet,” he said. “It’s actually getting a facelift (PE2) next year.”
Rivero stressed the importance of the Picanto, not only as a sole model, but as a bridging vehicle to the rest of the Kia range.
“We see Picanto as a very important product,” Rivero continued.
The Kia Picanto competes in size and price with MG’s MG3 small car, both of which start from under $20,000 before on-road costs.
The Picanto is currently available in three variants: S, GT-Line and GT. The S starts from $15,990 before on-road costs, while the GT-Line begins at $17,440 and the flagship GT at $20,490.
Two powertrains are available for the Picanto – a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine produces 62kW/122Nm, while a smaller displacement 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine sits in the GT flagship model and produces 74kW/172Nm.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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