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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 rivals in
the A-segment, while a lower step height makes
for easier ingress and egress.
The boot grows from 200 litres (VDA) to a
maximum 255 litres – the most of any car in
the class. The 60:40 split-folding rear seats can
be folded down completely flat with a one-
touch lever, for maximum ease of use. This also
boosts cargo capacity to 1010 litres.
The outgoing Kia Picanto won plaudits
for its combination of immediate handling
responses and a comfortable ride. Engineers
have emulated these characteristics in
the new model, while making a series of
modifications to the suspension – independent
by MacPherson strut at the front; torsion beam
at the rear – to realise greater ride stability and
quicker, more enjoyable handling responses.
KMAu’s renowned ride and handling team
have given the new Picanto a thorough
make-over for a more refined ride, sportier
characteristics and steering absent of the
“nervous” feel often associated with smallcars.
The new Picanto is the first car in its class to
offer buyers torque vectoring by braking – an
additional function of the Electronic Stability
Refinement has been dramatically
improved in the new Picanto, with a range
of modifications designed to further isolate
the cabin from vibrations and noise from the
road, wind and the engine. The result is a car
that offers cabin refinement, both at idle and
at a steady cruise, above expectation for the
New refinement measures adopted for the
latest Picanto include a new soundproofing
panel beneath the dashboard and in the
floor of the cabin, while expandable sound-
absorbent foam has been applied to lower
sections of the A- and B-pillars.
Beneath the bonnet, a new sound-absorbent
engine cover and reshaped air intake help
to isolate engine noise from the cabin. The
structure of the engine mounts has also
been revised to counteract engine vibrations.
Furthermore, the windscreen wipers have been
lowered by 6mm to reduce the level of wind
‘roar’ generated at the base of the windscreen
As a result of these upgrades, the new
Picanto produces a quietest-in-class 39 dB of
noise at idle and 68 dB at a steady cruise.
Buyers of the new Kia Picanto will have
access to some of the most advanced
infotainment and convenience technologies
available in the A-segment, while still enjoying
the same high value for money expected of a
The large, ‘floating’ 7.0-inch HMI touchscreen
at the centre of the dashboard is available
with Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM
for full smartphone integration. A rear-view
parking camera with dynamic guidelines is
also standard to assure and additional level of
visibility and safety when reversing and parking.
The new Picanto is the sturdiest A-segment
car Kia has ever made, featuring double the
proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel
(AHSS) compared to the outgoing model and a
selection of active safety technologies.
The stronger, lighter body is supported by
six standard airbags (front, front side and
curtain airbags), as well as a range of active
safety features. These include standard Vehicle
Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic
Stability Control (ESC) to ensure stability
under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in
traction and using ESC to help the driver keep
the car on course.
Maintaining the value for money and high
quality that has made the current-generation
Picanto so popular, the all-new Picanto will
benefit from Kia’s industry-leading 7-year
Warranty, 7-year Capped Price Service and
7-year Roadside Assist.
The Picanto 5-speed manual will be $14,190
(RRP) while the 4-speed automatic is $15,690
For more information on the Kia Picanto,
contact Hutchinson Motors LMCT 6390 on
the corner of Ninth Street and Deakin Avenue,
Mildura, phone 5021 6300 or visit www.
quality, technology and versatility
A substantial upgrade in equipment including
the addition of Apple i-Play, Android Auto, cruise
control, dusk sensing headlamps, driver’s safety
window and dynamic parking guidelines.
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