KOREAN car maker Kia is continuing to upgrade its smaller models and is to release a new version of the Picanto supermini later in the year.
The new model is slated to arrive in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2020 - a few weeks after an updated version of the larger Rio hatchback comes on stream.
Like the Rio, the latest Picanto will feature changes to its looks, improved engines and more technology bringing ‘big' car features to smaller models.
It also marks the launch of a new semi-automatic five-speed transmission and more efficient 1.0-litre Smartstream petrol engines - one turbocharged to develop 100ps and the other naturally aspirated with 67ps available.
Kia says both new engines will offer reduced emissions and greater economy than their predecessors.
Changes to the GT-Line and on the SUV-like X-Line Picanto see a new-look to Kia's trademark ‘tiger-nose' grille, revised bumpers and new headlight clusters while on the inside the car comes with a larger, eight-inch touchscreen and a high-resolution 4.2-inch digital display in the driver's instrument cluster.
The new Picanto is also fitted with Kia's latest UVO Connect telematics and infotainment system which gives occupants access to live information streams as well being fully smartphone compatible.
Safety features available in the range include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, lane keeping and blind spot systems and rear cross traffic alerts.
Performance data and prices for the new line up are still to be announced but the current Picanto range is priced from £10,045 for the standard model, £13,815 for the X-Line variants and £13,615 for GT-Line versions.
Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer for Kia Motors Europe, said: "The Picanto is one of our best-selling models in several regions worldwide, and a particular favourite among European A-segment drivers.
"The upgrades to the model are designed to keep the Picanto one step ahead of its competitors thanks to its vibrant design and fun-driving attitude, combined with ‘class-above' connectivity and safety technologies."