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2020 Kia Picanto facelift spotted testing

Spy photographers have captured the Kia Picanto undertaking winter testing in a camouflage wrap, suggesting the city car will be updated this year. As with the current Picanto, the new model will use many of the same parts as the recently refreshed Hyundai i10 hatchback.

It appears that the next Picanto will remain a similar size to the outgoing model. We expect the wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) to stay almost the same, maintaining the car’s compact dimensions.

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The Picanto will sport several minor changes; the headlights, grille, daytime running lights and bumper will all be tweaked at the front, while the back end will see updated brake light clusters and a slightly different tailgate design. It’s likely that all models will get alloy wheels for the first time, and buyers will have a choice of 15- and 16-inch versions.

Under the bonnet, we expect that the Kia Picanto will share engines with the Hyundai i10. Entry-level cars will use the same 66bhp 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine as the current car, and you’ll be able to upgrade to a more powerful 1.2-litre engine on most trim levels. The Picanto is likely to stick to petrol power only and not follow the electric route, unlike the SEAT Mii electric, Skoda Citigo e iV and Smart EQ ForFour.

The petrol engines should at least prove economical; both engines will manage around 55mpg and we expect several tweaks to each powerplant to improve fuel consumption. A five-speed manual gearbox will be fitted as standard on all models but an automated version of the gearbox will be offered at additional cost.

Even the entry-level model will come with features such as DAB radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, all-round electric windows and cruise control. Higher-spec models will get ‘big car’ luxuries like a reversing camera, heated front seats and sat nav.

Kia is likely to give the Picanto more safety kit, too, so you can expect a range of features including lane-keeping assistance, hill hold and automatic emergency braking.

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