KIA has launched a hot-looking Picanto that should help keep the little hatch at the top of the micro market – but it’s hot in looks only.

Called the  GT-Line, it comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, GT-Line badging, premium seats with red accents, alloy sports pedals, a six-speaker sound system, LED position lamps and DRLs as well as a trim package with contrasting body accents, dual exhaust tip and body kit.

Re-inforcing the ‘Line’ tag, the is available in automatic only and it comes in a choice of Clear White at $17,490 drive away, or for $520 more, you can choose from any of three ‘premium’ colours: Aurora Black, Titanium Silver or Signal Red.

Like other Kias, the Picanto GT-Line  comes with a 7-year warranty, 7-year roadside assist and 7-year capped-price servicing.

Since the launch of the new generation Picanto just on 12 months ago, the little car that can has dominated a segment driven by affordability by adding style and practicality.

“The Picanto GT-Line is an endorsement of our belief that there is a desire from the market for a practical, stylish and affordable car at that end of the market,” Kia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said.