The all-new KIA Picanto, now in its third-generation, brings a new, more youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. Global sales of the current-generation Picanto have totalled more than 1,4 million since 2011, making it one of KIA’s best-selling models. Retaining the strengths of its predecessor, with a new level of dynamism and performance, enhanced safety and greater value for money, the all-new Picanto is now available in South Africa.
- Bold, new exterior design for one of KIA’s best-selling vehicles
- New, modern cabin with ‘floating’ HMI and new infotainment technology
- Quieter, more spacious interior with improved refinement
- Largest cargo capacity in its class
- Stronger body improves safety and supports refinement
A bold new face
The all-new Picanto benefits from a global approach to car design and has seen KIA’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, collaborating to design a car that is more youthful and energetic than ever before. Briefed to produce an innovative, bold and fun urban city car, designers have followed up on the mandate to full effect, giving the new Picanto a more assertive stance with bolder bodylines.
With the wheelbase extended to 2,400 mm (an increase of 15 mm), the wheels have been pushed further out to the corners for a 25 mm 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 characterized 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, at 3,595 mm in length, the Picanto is no longer than the outgoing model.
The new model adopts KIA’s wide C-pillar as a design motif, which stands more upright than that of the previous model, and combines with a longer rear overhang – up 10 mm, to 520 mm – to create a more assured posture.
An outstanding new interior
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, wide-looking design adds greater visual width to the interior, highlighting the increased cabin dimensions.
The dashboard layout is now more centrally aligned, with a large ‘floating’ 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 on both sides ‘bookend’ the front passenger compartment.
Black cloth-upholstered seats are available as standard, while high specification models are fitted as standard with two-tone black and grey leather upholstery.
Fun, yet practical
The Picanto meets the increasing trend towards five-door models in the A-segment. Offering maximum practicality, the new model is no larger than the model it replaces, at 1,485 mm in height, 3,595 mm long and 1,595 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 25 mm, to 675 mm).
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 one of the quietest cabins of any A-segment model, both at idle and at a steady cruise.
Keeping you connected and in control
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 KIA vehicle.
In lower specification models, the large, ‘floating’ HMI at the centre of the dashboard houses a 3,8-inch monochrome TFT LCD audio system, with clear buttons to control the system’s functions.
The 1.0-litre MPI engine is the most fuel-efficient engine available to Picanto buyers, and provides the entry point into the Picanto range. The three-cylinder engine produces 49 kW at 5 500 r/min and 96 Nm torque. Upgrades to the engine include a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, and a new cooling system with shut-off valve, reducing the time it takes the engine to warm-up from a cold start. A new two-stage oil pump also reduces mechanical friction.
Despite the all-new KIA Picanto representing a huge step forward for KIA in its quest to provide customers with a fun, funky, high-quality city car, KIA is launching the new Picanto range at price points that are virtually unchanged from the outgoing models.
Picanto 1.0 START Manual R 134,995
Picanto 1.0 STREET Manual R 149,995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Manual R 159,995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Auto R 172,995
Picanto 1.0 SMART Manual R 179,995
Picanto 1.2 START Manual R 150,995
Picanto 1.2 START Auto R 163,995
Picanto 1.2 STREET Manual R 165,995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Manual R 175,995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Auto R 188,995
Picanto 1.2 SMART Manual R 195,995
A sunroof is available as an option on the SMART models for an additional R8,500. Adding even further value to the KIA Picanto package is KIA’s class-leading 5-year / Unlimited Kilometre Warranty, inclusive of 3-years / Unlimited Kilometres Roadside Assistance, as standard. A service is available as an option through KIA Financial Services.
“The obvious choice in the A-segment just became the only choice,” says Stephen Crosse, Sales Director, KIA Motors South Africa. “From START to SMART, there is a model for every pocket and every need, with enhanced value throughout the range.
“The START models, as an example, adds Bluetooth, an Aux and USB port and a factory-fitted radio to the mix when compared to the previous generation specification, and does so at almost the same price,” he adds. “Similarly, STREET models will be market winners with ABS and driver and passenger airbags. If you’re shopping in the sub-R150,000 segment, you need not look any further.”
The all-new KIA Picanto is on sale from Friday, 14 July 2017.