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The Kia Picanto has been given a facelift, unveiled in South Korea (where it is marketed as the Kia Morning) nearly four years since the second-generation TA was launched. Kia’s A-segment city car gets an assortment of aesthetic tweaks, extra features and a new turbocharged engine.

Styling changes are relatively minor – the front fascia has been restyled with a reshaped “tiger nose” upper grille, a more rounded lower grille and smaller fog lights, while the rear gets a sportier bumper design with a blacked out lower insert.

Inside, there are new colour and trim options, available cruise control (said to be the first for the segment), footwell lights, a revised SD card-based navigation system and a new knee airbag, raising the total airbag count to seven.

The existing 1.0 litre Kappa II naturally-aspirated petrol three-cylinder engine has been uprated to produce 78 PS – up 9 PS from before – while torque holds station at 94 Nm. Fuel consumption figures are 15.2 km per litre with the four-speed automatic gearbox and 16.2 km per litre for the five-speed manual. It remains to be seen if the larger 87 PS/119 Nm 1.25 litre four-pot we get over here will receive any changes.

What is new for the facelift, however, is a turbocharged version of the 1.0 litre mill, dubbed TCI. The forced-induction engine makes 106 PS at 6,000 rpm and 137 Nm from 1,600-3,500 rpm, while delivering fuel consumption of 14.0 km per litre. Unlike elsewhere in the range, a CVT is fitted as standard to the TCI.