The latest update to Kia's Picanto bring with it a fusion of style, technology, and efficiency.

Gary Scott, CEO of Kia South Africa, praises the Kia Picanto as a cornerstone of Kia's lineup, lauded by experts and drivers alike. Now in its 21st year, the Picanto's design, guided by Kia's 'Opposites United' ethos, boasts a futuristic allure, from its revamped grille to its redesigned rear lights.

Inside, a refined cabin features high-quality finishes and seamless integration of advanced technology.

The new Kia Picanto on the official press launch in front of the Ou Meul Bakkery in Cape Town

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Standard black cloth upholstery exudes elegance, while higher trims offer luxurious two-tone leather. Under the hood, the Picanto retains its 1,0-litre and 1,2-litre petrol engines, now optimsed for efficiency and reduced emissions.

In a strategic move to cater to diverse preferences, Kia streamlines its lineup, offering models tailored to varying needs and budgets.

The new Picanto LX combines features from its predecessors to create an entry point into the range, packing significant value without compromise. Standard features include body-colored bumpers, remote central locking, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition.

The mid-tier Picanto EX enhances the driving experience with added conveniences and safety features like ESC and HAC.

Interior of the new Kia Picanto

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Meanwhile, the range-topping Picanto EX Plus elevates luxury with smart key access, automatic climate control, and LED rear combination lights.

With its updated design, enhanced technology, and diverse lineup, the Picanto continues to set the standard for entry-level cars, catering to the discerning tastes of today's drivers.

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Kia Picanto 1.0 LX Manual:

R 260,995

Kia Picanto 1.0 LX Auto:

R 278,995

Kia Picanto 1.2 EX Manual: 

R 284,995

Kia Picanto 1.2 EX Auto:

R 302,995

Kia Picanto 1.2 EX Plus Manual:

R 307,995

Kia Picanto 1.2 EX Plus Auto:

R 325,995

All Picanto models have an Unlimited Kilometre/5-year warranty, inclusive of Roadside Assistance. In addition, a pre-paid 2-year/30 000 km service plan is included.

Colin Windell