2020 Kia Picanto facelift debuts with chic look, more tech features

Updated Nov 27, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Picanto has loads of tech now, along with its new pretty face.

We all know the Kia Picanto. It’s cute, it’s practical, and it’s actually zippy in the city. It’s also a common sight here in the Philippines due to its affordability.

Why are we talking about the Picanto? That’s because Kia has revealed a new version of the said city car for the 2020 model year and they have given the cute little car several upgrades in terms of aesthetics, as well as on-board tech.

A picture of the 2020 Kia Picanto travelling on the road

The Picanto is known as the Kia Morning in its home country

2020 Picanto: It’s chic and it’s hip

When it comes to exterior upgrades, Kia has given the Picanto a new grille, which now has this chrome trim, as well as a slat running through the middle.

The headlights have also been redesigned and it now comes with a different looking LED daytime running light. Below those, we also noticed that the bumper now looks more angular than before.

It’s a bit more aggressive compared to the previous look but yes, it still retains that fashionably cute overall shape. Note however that the 2020 Kia Picanto’s rear end is now sportier looking with its very different, more angular rear bumper.

A picture of the new 2020 Kia Picanto in the city

It has the same roofline but check out that front fascia

2020 Picanto: It’s now smarter and safer too

Apart from the aesthetic changes, Kia also gave the 2020 Picanto more in the way of tech, specifically driver-assist features. It can now come with a rear cross-traffic alert system with rear collision prevention, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and a lane-keeping assist.

To this end, Kia says that they’re the first car manufacturer to have ever given an A-Segment car these kinds of tech.

A picture of the interior of the 2020 Kia Picanto

Check out that huge touchscreen

As for onboard entertainment, the 2020 Kia Picanto also comes with a new multi-information display with colors, as well as a larger eight-inch touchscreen head unit that comes with Bluetooth connectivity, Kakao voice recognition, and a navigation system that updates itself. And guess what, the new Picanto even gets ventilated seats.

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2020 Picanto: The same…ish engine

While it appears that the 2020 Picanto comes with the same 1.0-liter inline-3 engine, Kia says that the said engine now comes with Smart Stream technology.

With that, the 2020 Picanto can make 73 horsepower and 77 Nm of torque. The current 1.0 liter Picanto makes 63 horsepower, which is nine less than the new one. 

A picture of the Kia Picanto with another picanto on a city raod

We really hope that the Philippine-spec Picanto will also get these driver assist technologies

As of now, there’s no word yet as to when the new 2020 Kia Picanto will be launched here in the Philippines. But as you already know, the Kia Picanto is a mainstay here in the Philippine automotive market so there’s a high possibility that this new one might get released here.

If not this year, then maybe sometime in the first quarter of 2021, and yes, we’re really excited to see what this updated Picanto can do.

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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

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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