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Australian pricing and specifications have been released for the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in conjunction with the micro hatch’s local launch.

As predicted in our report on the revamped Picanto’s international debut at the time of the Geneva motor show, only one variant is initially being offered Down Under.

It’s not the sweet one, either. Buyers hoping for the turbocharged three-cylinder GT-Line, and its full gamut of tech and safety such as AEB, will have to wait for this flagship sporting version’s yet-to-be-confirmed later release.

2017 Kia Picanto.

The sole Picanto variant now on sale, called the Picanto S, is powered by the carryover 1.25-litre naturally aspirated four with 62kW (at 6200rpm) and 122Nm (at 4000rpm), if now with the choice of a new $14,190 (list price) five-speed manual version to complement the familiar four-speed automatic version. At $15,690 drive-away, the new automatic model is $700 pricier than the outgoing version.

Some of that premium (auto for auto) is offset by a subtle lift in equipment that includes the addition of cruise control, dusk sensing wipers, a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment connectivity and dynamic guidelines for the reversing camera.

2017 Kia Picanto.

Other standard features include heated exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless entry. Six airbags, halogen headlights and daytime-running lights together with 14-inch steel wheels are also standard issue.

The big change, however, is that the new Picanto is vastly more updated than the outgoing version that was originally launched in 2011 and only arrived in Australia last year and late in its lifecycle.

At 1485mm high, 3595mm long and 1595mm wide, the new Picanto is no larger than the old, though it does boast more modern styling and a 15mm-longer wheelbase (2400mm) said to improve cabin space somewhat, its maker promising gains in leg- and headroom.

Check out our full review of the all-new Picanto from the local launch here.

2017 Kia Picanto

Of the eight available paint finishes there are five new hues called Lime Green, Signal Red, Aurora Black, Pop Orange and Sparkling Silver.

Inside, the revamp of design layout and materials promise a more high-quality upmarket look and feel, with more “centrally aligned” dashboard and a so-called “floating” touchscreen arrangement. The new micro hatch is available in five-door, five-seat form only.

The boot space has grown in size from 200 to 255 litres and converts to 1010 litres with the 60:40 rear split fold seating stowed “completely flat”, according to its maker. The rear seating is also more reclined than its predecessor to improve long haul comfort.

2017 Kia Picanto

Ride and handling has been developed in conjunction with Kia Australia’s expertise, the strut front and torsion beam rear suspension tuning said to offer greater stability and less steering “nervousness” while promising more refinement and sportiness form the driving experience.

A quicker steering rack ratio (from 16.5:1 to 14.3:1) reduces steering inputs from 3.4 to 2.8 turns lock to lock. Torque vectoring by braking is also included as a function of the electronic stability control system.

The third-generation Picanto comes with Kia Australia’s outstanding seven-year warranty with seven years of capped-price servicing and seven years of road side assist.

2017 Kia Picanto

Check out our full review of the all-new Picanto from the local launch here.

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