Kia has made a mid-cycle facelift of the A-segment Picanto hatchback. A Korean blogger spotted it neat Frankfurt.
The camouflage-free car seems to be a hot GT version of the Picanto, given red accents in the front grille and side skirts. Kia made slight exterior updates. In particular, head- and fog lights are revised. Two-tone rims of the wheels appear to be new.
As for the engines, expect a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter gasoline unit with 83 hp and 118 Nm (87 lb-ft) of torque, a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder 99-hp turbocharged one with 172 Nm (127 lb-ft), both with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Too small for America, the Kia Picanto is a good choice for a European city dweller. The list of its competitors is wide enough and includes the Citroën C1, Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10, Toyota Aygo, Renault Twingo.
The 2021 Kia Picanto should debut at the 2020 Paris Motor Show in October, if only the coronavirus will not affect.