2024 Kia Picanto Image Leaked
Before its global unveiling, which is scheduled for later this month, and its arrival in Australia by the end of this year, images of the 2024 Kia Picanto city hatch have leaked online.
According to the pictures uploaded to the South Korean forum Autospy, Kia’s smallest model in Australia would draw aesthetic cues from its largest model, the impending EV9 electric SUV.
The current-generation Picanto, which was introduced in 2017, underwent its first facelift in 2020 with the goal of extending its lifespan past the middle of the decade.
Kia has decided to invest in a significant facelift for the time being rather than a new model due to declining sales of city cars and harsh emissions regulations anticipated for its primary market of Europe in 2026 that are predicted to almost eliminate low-cost, petrol-powered city cars.
It’s uncertain whether the 2024 Kia Picanto will continue to hold the distinction of being one of only two new cars still available for less than $20,000 drive-away due to new technology included in the upgrade.
The big lower grille with body-colored elements reminiscent of the EV9 GT-Line and the large vertical headlights (perhaps now with LED technology) are all reminiscent of the EV9.
The four-spoke wheels pay homage to alloy wheels with a similar design found on the top-tier EV9. At the back, new taillights are now connected across the tailgate by an LED light bar.
Other modifications include a new rear bumper and maybe new side skirts. The vehicle’s chassis and doors seem to be the same, even if the front and rear ends are new.
A new instrument cluster from other Hyundai and Kia models that combines a 4.2-inch driver display with digital speed and tachometer readouts is the only interior update.
New visuals are visible on the 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that was added with the 2020 upgrade. The steering wheel and wheel appear to be the same as the present model.
The widescreen digital instrument clusters and 10.25 to 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreens offered in newer Hyundai and Kia vehicles have equal screen sizes, however, these features appear to have been deemed too expensive for the Picanto’s pricing range.
The 2024 Kia Picanto may be ordered with heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a wireless smartphone charging pad in foreign markets, however, none of these options are available in Australia.
Only automated emergency braking and front collision warning are standard on the 2024 Kia Picanto in Australia.
The complete range of features from larger Kia vehicles, including lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, are however available in other countries.
Unless the Picanto is submitted for retesting under newer and tighter standards, which may not see it achieve the same result as it did six years ago, the current model’s four-star ANCAP safety rating, which was obtained in 2017, is set to expire at the end of this year.
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