Kia Picanto shows its dark side with Shadow special edition

Updated Dec 16, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Order books are now open in the U.K.

Kia UK has unveiled a new Picanto trim called the Shadow special edition. It is an ideal choice for those car buyers who fancy a dark theme with the changes made on both the exterior and interior.

Kia Picanto Shadow front view

Kia Picanto Shadow special edition

Out of the eight trims offered in the U.K. market, the new Kia Picanto Shadow is sitting two trims higher than the entry-level Picanto 1. It is based upon the ‘2’ trim which features a few upgrades. With that being said, the dark-themed Picanto is a vehicle that comes with a stylish finish that sort of shows the dark side of Kia’s subcompact hatchback.

The body is painted in premium Astro Grey metallic, an exterior color option that is available only in higher-spec trims including the X-Line and GT-Line. It is fitted with 15-inch alloy wheels (upgrade over 14-inch wheels), privacy glass, LED daytime running lights (DRLs), and bi-function projector headlamps.

Moving to the interior, the black cloth upholstery from the lower trims is replaced with Shadow-exclusive black faux upholstery with light grey stitching, according to Kia. This upgrade creates a design continuity into the cabin. Other interior features include a six-speaker audio system (upgrade over a 4-speaker system), an 8-inch head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines.

Kia Picanto Shadow side view

Subtle updates were made here and there

Powering the Kia Picanto Shadow special edition is a 1.0-liter DPi (Dual-Port Injection) gasoline engine that is capable of generating 66 hp and 96 Nm of torque. It sends power exclusively to the front wheels via a 5-speed transmission only.

Included in the hatchback’s comfort and safety features are Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist City functionality, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and Torque Vectoring by Braking technology.

The Kia Picanto Shadow special edition is now available for reservation across the brand’s U.K. dealers. Deliveries are due to commence in early 2022. 

Kia Picanto Shadow rear view

The dark side of the Picanto

Do you want Kia Philippines to offer the Picanto Shadow special edition? Well, you just have to wait for now as Kia PH has yet to announce future plans in regards to the Picanto. The Kia Picanto is offered in the Philippines with a starting price of Php 590,000 for the base 1.0 LX MT. brings the latest updates in the car industry.

Know more about Kia Picanto 2024

Kia Picanto

The Picanto is a city car model sold by Kia Philippines. There are is one for this model, the Picanto EX MT. Prices for this Kia Picanto 2023 trim currently stands at Php 700,000.

In the Philippines, the Kia Picanto uses a 1.2-liter engine that can produce up to 83 horsepower and 122 Nm of torque. It is then paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. 

Size-wise, the Picanto is 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide, and 1,495mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,400mm. 

Locally, the Kia Picanto competes against the likes of the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Brio, Suzuki S-Presso, and Chevrolet Spark. 

₱ 700,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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