Kia Picanto FL 01

The facelifted Kia Picanto has arrived in Malaysia, albeit quietly. The refreshed second-gen TA has been spotted at some Kia dealerships in the country – the photos seen here are courtesy of Aaron Ong, who posted them to the Kia Picanto Owners Club Malaysia FB page.

Word is that there’s no official launch, but it’s reported to be the same price as the pre-facelift, going for RM61,888 on-the-road with insurance. Dealers are also reporting that there will only be very few cars available as of now (as little as 12, we’ve been told), with distributor Naza still deciding on whether to bring in more units.

The updated A-segment hatch was unveiled in January last year ahead of a Geneva debut, and from a regional perspective was introduced in Indonesia last August. Not much in the revision, with minor changes to the exterior coming in the form of new front and rear fascias.

The front bumper is now more rounded, and the already-massive lower grille has been made even larger, while the “tiger nose” upper grille has also been reshaped. The car also gets projector halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, and the fog lights are now projector units, housed in reprofiled surrounds.

At the back, there are LED tail lights, while the bumper has been squared off, with fog and reverse lights reshaped to fit the new profiling. With the facelift, our market receives the neat “telephone dial” dual-tone alloy wheel design that was previously offered in other markets, but retain the 15-inch diameter.

The interior doesn’t get many changes either. The instrument cluster features new meter graphics, a circular centre multi-info display and silver trim, while the trip computer and reset buttons have been relocated to the steering wheel, which also sees the steering-mounted audio controls being rejigged – it’s been done to accommodate the new buttons for the new cruise control system, though that’s unavailable in Malaysia.

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Fewer control buttons are to be seen on the head unit, and new silver trim can be found dressing the air vents, along with a revised gearlever gate for the four-speed automatic transmission.

No mechanical changes, the car continuing with the familiar 1.25 litre Kappa II Dual CVVT four-pot producing an unchanged 87 PS and 120 Nm. Previously, the car was offered with four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmission options, but word is that the manual has been dropped for the facelift.

GALLERY: Kia Picanto facelift at IIMS 2015
GALLERY: Pre-facelift Kia Picanto