The current 3rd generation Kia Picanto debuted back in 2017 and received a facelift in 2020. Now according to some reports, the South Korean automaker is preparing to introduce another facelift since an immediate replacement in form of an all-new model is not on cards yet.
Picanto (known as Morning in South Korea) is considered an important model for Kia as its the only small car the South Korean automaker offers in its lineup. But as electrified cars are becoming a priority, small cars with internal combustion engine aren’t a top priority for most auto manufacturers right now. According to analysts & industry pundits, introducing all-electric version is not possible for mass-produced small cars as profit margins are wafer-thin.
Hence the Picanto will receive another facelift which is expected to hit the international markets in 2023. The updated version will likely feature visual enhancements in terms of exterior & interior, an updated infotainment system and safety equipment, but will retain the available engines on offer.
Depending on the market, the 3rd gen Picanto comes available with 1.0L and 1.2L engine options in naturally aspirated and turbocharged guises, paired to either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox options.
In Pakistan, Kia Lucky Motors launched the globally retired 2nd generation Picanto in 2019, more than two years after the model was phased out from the rest of the world. The obsolete 2nd gen Kia Picanto in Pakistan is priced at Rs 3.1 million for manual and Rs 3.2 million for the automatic variant.
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