Kia Australia has made the crossover-styled Picanto X-Line a permanent fixture in its range, following the success of this year's AO Edition.
We asked Hepworth if further variants are planned, such as a manual version of the sport-themed GT-Line, given the X-Line is offered with both five-speed manual and four-speed auto transmissions.
"There are plans underway for a manual gearbox for the GT-Line," he said.
"An official announcement will be out in due time."
The local Picanto range now comprises of four trim levels – S, GT-Line, GT and X-Line. Two powertrain options are available, though the 1.0-litre turbo is only available with the GT, and there are manual and auto options across the range depending on variant.
Pricing kicks off at $14,190 for the entry-level Picanto S manual, topping out at $17,990 for the flagship GT manual.
Kia continues to offer sharp drive-away pricing across most of the range, too, which we've listed below.
2019 Kia Picanto pricing
- S – $14,190/$15,790 (5MT/4AT) OR $14,990/$16,490 drive-away
- X-Line – $16,190/$17,790 (5MT/4AT) OR $16,990/$17,990 drive-away
- GT-Line – $17,290 (4AT) OR $17,690 drive-away
- GT – $17,990 (5MT) OR $17,990 drive-away