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We’ve given you a roadshow preview, the local specs and a test drive report of the new Kia Picanto, but there’s one piece left in the jigsaw – the price, which has finally been given the green light by the government.

It is now confirmed that the Kia Picanto starts from RM54,888 for the manual and RM59,888 for the automatic, both OTR with insurance. The final figures are a pleasant surprise and are below the estimated prices of below RM60k for the M/T to around RM64k for the A/T.

The spec list is long for a car of this size. Six airbags (dual front, side, curtain) and ESP are standard on this Euro NCAP four-star car. Also included are four disc brakes, ISOFIX anchor points for child seats, four-sensor rear parking assist, auto headlamps, projector headlamps with manual levelling, LED daytime running lights, electric folding side mirrors, trip computer and factory audio with AUX/USB.

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The above is across the board. The A/T variant adds on 15-inch alloys (14 on M/T), chrome door handles, front fog lamps, Supervision cluster meter, two extra speakers (total six), steering controls and Bluetooth for the stereo, leather wrapped steering and keyless entry with push start button.

Other smaller additions on the A/T include a sunglasses box, illumination for the cup holders and a large driver’s vanity mirror with LED illumination.

The Picanto is powered by a 1.2 litre Kappa engine with 87 PS and 120 Nm of torque. The four-cylinder CVVT unit is paired to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. The first 1,000 customers to book or register the Picanto by the end of November 2013 will be entitled to complimentary IM4U number plates.

Read our test drive report of the Picanto with full gallery here.