Micro car gets turbo engine, manual gearbox, stiff suspension and sporty image

The Kia Picanto GT is a 74kW mighty midget

Taking pride of place as the new compact hero model, the Kia Picanto GT ditches the standard 1.25-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine (62kW/122Nm) for a more potent 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol mill (74kW/172Nm).

Similar in appearance to the GT-Line and X-Line model grades released in 2018, the Picanto GT has a sporty body kit, twin exhaust outlets and a bit more interior attitude with red-on-black seats and door trims.

Contrasting red pinstripes on the body look good – unless you order a red one

It also gets an unique chassis tune designed to deliver a more engaging drive.

New-look 16-inch wheels shod with 195/45 R16 tyres are designed to improve grip, as is recalibrated suspension. Kia Australia’s chassis team has tuned the suspension to Aussie tastes, introducing ‘more aggressive’ damping rates on the shock absorbers and stiffer spring rates.

Improved body control was the objective and Kia has also tweaked the steering to provide ‘quicker response’.

Splashes of red add a little more character in the cabin

The Kia Picanto GT is fitted as standard with a small touchscreen system that enables Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a reversing camera. Bluetooth phone and audio streaming with steering wheel audio controls are also part of the package.

Also featuring six airbags and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

Four colours are offered: Clear White and metallic choices of Aurora Black, Titanium Silver and Signal Red. Contrasting body accents denote the car’s performance intent, as does a GT badge on its rump.

Boot space is pretty tight at 255 litres, expanding to 1010 litres

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