At first sight, one might claim that the all-new Picanto GT-Line follows the conventions of split-headlight design – but it's just a ruse that will easily be debunked when seen up close and personal instead from afar. As it turns out, Kia deployed a stacked headlight unit instead, which only gives the initial impression of split headlights. From the side, though, it's a city car through and through, as not much can be done with so little real estate to work with. The rear, meanwhile, is sharp and edgy – but in a good way. Also, the taillights are connected across the (small) width of the vehicle in the most fashionable way possible without spending too much on an actual LED light bar.
This "eye-catching" design – penned under the 'Opposites United' design philosophy, also includes a large wheel choice – 14-inch through 16-inch alloy models, and among the nine exterior hues, no less than four are also new: Signal Red, Smoke Blue, Sporty Blue, and Adventurous Green. Moving inside, the color choice starts with black cloth seats, upgrades to an optional Glossy Black finish, and the cockpit can also be treated to a new choice of Adventurous Green and Rich Brown packs. Standard tech perks include a 4.2-inch high-resolution driver display seconded by an eight-inch 'floating' touchscreen navigation system with multi-connection Bluetooth, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional highlights include Kia Connect with the companion app, Online Voice Recognition, and OTA upgrades for the infotainment system.
Under the hood, there's a choice between a 1.0- and 1.2-liter gasoline engine featured with a five-speed manual transmission or Kia's Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), also with just five gears. Safety is also a priority, and there's a wide range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), from Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 1.5 (FCA) with vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian detection to Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) and Lane Following Assist (LFA) plus six airbags around the cabin. That said, we fully expect Hyundai to introduce its all-new i10 soon, perhaps with a tamer styling to cater to city car traditionalists.