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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, March 11, 2017
HE all-new Kia Picanto city car makes its
public debut today at the 2017 Geneva
International Motor Show. The new
Picanto will go on sale across Europe
from the start of Q2 2017.
Now in its third-generation, the new
Kia Picanto brings a new, more youthful
and energetic character to the A-segment.
Boasting an assertive new design and a
high-quality, high-tech new cabin, the latest
model also offers buyers greater potential for
customisation and promises to be the most
versatile car in its class.
The new Picanto will be powered by one of
three gasoline engines, including Kia’s new
1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection
(T-GDI) power unit. When the new 1.0-litre
T-GDI engine goes on sale during Q4 2017, it
will be the most powerful engine ever offered
in the Picanto, and the first time this car has
offered a turbocharged gasoline engine.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia
Motors Europe, comments: “The Picanto is one
of Kia’s best-selling models around the world,
and has a particularly strong fan base here in
“Our European customers have told us that
they love the design of the outgoing Picanto.
They love its low running costs, its compact
dimensions for city driving, and the high level
of equipment available for the money. The new
model retains these strengths, and now offers
a new level of dynamism and performance, as
well as introducing the latest technologies for
in-car connectivity. For these reasons we are
confident that the new Picanto will help us
further build our profile and market share in
this very competitive segment.”
Worldwide, more than 1.4 million of the
current-generation Picanto have been sold
since it was launched in 2011, with more than
300,000 of those sold in Europe. Despite the
car approaching the end of its lifecycle in
showrooms, Kia sold more than 55,000 Picanto
models in Europe in 2016, representing year-
on-year sales growth of 3%.
The all-new Picanto has been created by
Kia’s design centres in Namyang, Korea, and
Frankfurt, Germany, collaborating to design a
youthful, energetic look.
Briefed to produce an innovative, bold and
fun-looking urban city car, designers have
followed up on the mandate to full effect,
giving the new Picanto a more assertive stance
with bolder body lines.
With the wheelbase extended to 2400 mm
(an increase of 15mm), the wheels have been
pushed further out to the corners of the car for
a 25mm shorter front overhang, making the car
look more planted on the road. Strong, straight
lines run horizontally across the front of the car,
emphasising the ‘tiger-nose’ grille and angular
new wrap-around headlamps. Vertical lines that
encompass the side intakes and lower grille
enhance the Picanto’s more confident new ‘face’.
In profile, the new Picanto is characterised by
distinctive lines running along the side skirts,
shoulder and around the wheel arches, and
subtly-sculpted body surfacing – again, each
helping to create a more confident on-road
design and visually ‘stretching’ the car for a
greater sense of ride stability – although the
Picanto is no longer than the outgoing model,
at 3595 mm in length.
The new model adopts Kia’s wide C-pillar as
a design motif, which stands more upright than
that of the previous model. Combined with a
longer rear overhang – up 10mm, to 520mm –
for a more assured posture.
The all-new Picanto will offer buyers greater
potential for customisation than ever before,
with a choice of 11 vibrant paint finishes
designed to make the car stand out. Among
the six new colours available to buyers are
‘Lime Light’, ‘Shiny Red’, ‘Aurora Black’ ‘Pop
Orange’, ‘Sparkling Silver’ and ‘Celestial Blue’
pearlescent metallic paint finishes. The Picanto
is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels in its most
basic form, and customers can select one of
four aluminium alloy wheel designs, ranging
from 14-inch to 16-inch in diameter.
The exterior of the Picanto is also
complemented by new projection headlamps
with LED indicators and LED daytime running
lights, and, from Q3 2017, a subtle shark-fin
antenna on the roof to replace the existing aerial.
For the first time, Kia will also offer the
Picanto in a new ‘GT-Line’ specification,
inspired by the sportier appearance of
the company’s higher-performance ‘GT’
models, such as the Optima GT. In GT-Line
specification, the exterior of the new Picanto is
completed with red, silver and black highlights
in the grille, side intakes, along the side skirts
and in the rear valance, as well as chrome-
tipped twin exhausts.
Inside the new Picanto, Kia designers have
created a more modern, refined cabin than the
second-generation model, with new materials
and layout adding a greater sense of quality
for occupants. The predominantly horizontal
design adds greater visual width to the interior,
highlighting the increased cabin dimensions.
The dashboard layout is now more centrally
aligned, with a large 7.0-inch ‘floating’
touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface)
sitting at the heart of the centre console and
moving many of the car’s controls further up
into the driver’s line of sight.
A satin chrome-effect strip runs across the
dashboard for a higher quality ambience, and
large, vertical air vents at either end ‘bookend’
the front passenger compartment.
Customisation is key to the appeal of the
new Picanto’s cabin. While black and grey cloth
seats are available as standard, buyers can
also personalise their new Picanto with one of
five optional colour packs, featuring contrast
artificial leather upholstery and stitching.
Available at launch, these colour packs are:
• High Gloss Black – a combination of black,
grey and white upholstery with white stitching
(and available with a black or grey base colour)
• Brown – brown seats with light blue
flashes down the side and light blue stitching
• Blue – navy and true blue artificial leather
and cloth upholstery with white and orange
• Red – black and grey seats with red flashes
and red stitching
• Lime – grey and light grey upholstery with
lime green stitching
The contrast colours of the seats can be
paired with optional new colour pads on the
door armrests, echoing the contrast scheme
selected for the seats. Finally, the Picanto’s
new GT-Line derivative will be equipped with
a D-cut steering wheel. The interior of the GT-
Line model will be available with the full range
of colour packs.
Practicality and packaging
Despite its on-road footprint remaining
the same as that of the outgoing model, the
all-new Picanto will offer buyers best-in-class
packaging efficiency, with maximum versatility
resulting from its larger cabin and class-leading
The Picanto meets the increasing trend
towards five-door models in the A-segment,
with Kia discontinuing the three-door model
for the third generation car. Offering maximum
practicality, the new model is no larger than
the model it replaces, at 1485 mm in height,
3595 mm long and 1595 mm wide. The new
platform boasts a longer wheelbase and longer
rear overhang, however, freeing up more space
in the cabin and boot (the front overhang is
reduced by 25mm, to 675mm).
Inside, the new Picanto provides occupants
with more leg- and head-room than best-
selling rivals in the A-segment, while a lower
step height makes for easier ingress and egress.
The base of the dashboard has been moved
upwards by 15mm for greater knee and leg
space for front passengers.
For more information, contact Hutchinson
Motors LMCT 6390 at 86 Deakin Ave, phone
5021 6300 or visit davison,motorgroup.com.au
The most powerful Picanto ever, and first-ever
turbocharged gasoline engine with 1.0-litre T-GDI.
All-new Kia Picanto city car
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