In 2017, the Kia Picanto has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Geneva motor show in March. It will go on sale in the UK in may and will cost around £9000.
For the first time in life the Picanto city car will get a sporty GT-line and GT-s line trim, which you more equipment, a muscular body kit, custom paint and new steering wheel.
The third-generation Picanto will be offered only in five-door model following in the footsteps of its Rio supermini brother, and the slow selling three-door struggling to find clients in the current generation vehicle. Despite the long wheelbase and shorter front overhang, though, the new car is not more than its predecessor – but not more head and legroom and a large boot inside.
As expected, the engine range the Picanto is based around lean gasoline engines. The two current options – three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine with 66bhp and 71lb/ft of torque and four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol with 83bhp is migrated to this new machine, and joining a range of new turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol. With 99bhp, is the most powerful variant in the range, and the Picanto can propel to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds. It can also be the most economical option, although the official MPG and CO2 figures have not been released.
Transmission, the default choice is five-speed manual and four-speed automatic available as an option on the 1.25-litre petrol.
Picanto brakes, steering and refinement of the engine left us in the past cold, with a car much more ideal for tight city streets, wider than the country roads or highway. Kia claims that he solved this problem with put more soundproofing materials to reduce vibration and noise engine and lowering the windshield wiper 6 mm to eliminate wind noise at speed.
Kia says it has also improved ride, Picanto and manageability through the use of a modified suspension and a revised steering rack, both of which are said to give the new car an agile driving dynamics. The torque vectoring by braking also features for the first time, helping to reduce understeer during hard cornering.
Although in addition to the sporty GT-line model and a new turbocharged 1.0-litre engine would seem to leave the door open for a full performance versions of the new Picanto, Kia officials say there is no such car is not planned, as the company instead put her hot hatch ambitions in the new Rio GT, which should be in 2018.
The interior of luxury
The cabin of the new Picanto is dominated by a new 7.0 in infotainment system with a touchscreen that will be standard-fit in the UK. Drivers will be able to manage their smartphones via Apple’s carplay and Android auto, and the options list includes a rear view camera, wireless charger for smartphones and USB port.
When it comes to storage, the Picanto, the boot can now accommodate up to 255 liters bigger than the Hyundai i10 and to 1010 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Although the exact specifications for the UK is still not confirmed, we know, model Picanto will be offered in 1,2, and 3 trim levels, plus new GT-line and GT-line’s specifications.
My style also plays a big role in the new Picanto. Drivers will be able to choose one of five so-called ‘coloured packs in the UK, allowing them to choose the colors for the seats and stitching, and inner door panels.
Kia says the new Picanto is the safest in the segment of cars ever made, and a new car involves a large portion of the advanced high-strength steels in comparison with the previous model, which also reduces its body-in-white weight 23kg.
Will come with six airbags as standard and additional options include airbags for the knees and automatic emergency braking (AEB). AEB will be the deciding factor in the new Picanto achieving high Euro NCAP safety assessment of dual system estimates in the body – and more and more British buyers pay attention to the safety assessment.
Small car big business
Executive Director Kia motors Europe Michael Cole expects that the UK will become the largest market for the new Picanto, and says that the new GT-line version has been designed to attract younger buyers to the brand. “We want the cars to appeal to a younger customer, but we also must recognize that we are very much focused on “young at heart” too. The requirements do not differ much between the 25-year-old and 55-year-old”.
Exact prices for the UK won’t be announced until closer to the launch of the car, but a small increase on today’s starting price of £8695 expected. The Picanto is already more expensive than a Hyundai i10 the sister car and is only slightly cheaper than the more expensive competitors such as the Volkswagen, so Kia does not want to increase its price too much, risk being seen as uncompetitive – indeed, the starting figure is just under £9000 seems likely.
As always, though, it’s in the monthly PCP Finance deals, where the new Picanto can make it big profit, and many buyers will probably be influenced by 100,000 miles Kia seven year warranty.
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