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Kia facelifts Picanto for 2013:

2013 Kia Picanto front and rear2013 Kia Picanto side profile

Regular IAB readers know that the Kia Picanto is nothing but a Hyundai i10 with a better sense of fashion and we Indians seem to agree with that especially after test mules fell prey to our readers’ lenses on more than few occasions, with and without camouflage. The model spotted testing did not carry the changes seen on the 2013 Picanto.

See and know about the trail left behind by the Kia Picanto

What’s new?

For the 2013 model year, Kia has updated their urban runabout which, in some countries, is called as ‘Morning.’ The design still feels fresh and hence the changes to the exteriors are limited to glossy detailing for the black plastics in the grille and fog lamp housing. The shape of the tail lamps is the same but the elements are re-profiled and LEDs are used. Also it gets a new Pink color option to lure its prospective feminine masters.

2013 Kia Picanto taillight2013 Kia Picanto

On the inside too, the changes are subtle. The glove box is now illuminated; the material quality and finish are up a notch and the new steering wheel, just like the exterior black plastics, sports glossy finish.

Under the fancy skin:

The existing three cylinder 1.0 litre motor that is good enough for 80 bhp, is now mated to a new CVT gearbox. The manufacturer claims an average fuel consumption of 20.8 kmpl. There is also a five-speed manual gearbox doing the duty for the bio-fuel version of the motor which belts out 82 horses. The 1.2 litre petrol engine remains the same. These powertrain options are also offered on the i10, some options are extended to Indian customers too.

Safety and efficiency:

The 2013 Picanto is equipped with ESP as standard and Start/Stop system is now offered as an option.

Nothing for us in it:

We Indians may love the Picanto, but the bitter fact is that Hyundai has no plans yet to bring the Kia brand to the sub-continent, as it’ll only cannibalize their already well established sales, not to mention their service network. So the stylish Picanto, for us, is just an eye-candy on the internet then!

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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

  • Z spar

    The problem is that Hyundai gave birth to Kia.If you infomr at the story about Kia you will know that the CEO of Hyundai was the father of the CEO of KIA.

    So they can and they DO work together!!!

  • http://www.microrao.com/ Sridhar

    i10 vs Kia would eat into each other sales unless both are assembled/built side by side in the same factory in say, 1:1 ratio.

  • R.Raghuvansh

    i dont see how kia could cannibalise hyundai’s sales…they could work together like vw and skoda! thats what they do in other countries..