February 16, 2020

2017 Kia Picanto previewed ahead of unveiling

New look, features and engine for Kia Picanto…

Kia has provided a sneak peek of the 2017 Kia Picanto to a select group of media ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show in March.

Around in Europe a little longer than here in Australia, the Picanto is up to its third-generation model boasting a new look, features and an extra engine option.

Joining the 1.0L and 1.25L petrol engines will be a 1.0L turbo engine to add a more powerful option and will be available from the fourth quarter of the year.

All engine variants will be available with a five-speed manual transmission with the 1.25L model also offered in four-speed automatic.

Kia claims the drive will be more stable and secure in cornering with the use of a torque vectoring system - the first of its kind in this segment.

Handling is also improved thanks to modifications to the suspension.

The body of the car has had the once-over gaining bolder lines and an assertive stance giving the Kia Picanto a more planted look.

Though the length is the same, the wheelbase has been extended providing a sense of stability.

Eleven choices of paint finishes also gives buyers some distinction while a new GT-Line will make its debut featuring red, silver and black exterior highlights and chrome-tipped twin exhausts.

Customisation is also evident in the cabin with a choice of five colour packs which include contrast faux-leather upholstery and stitching plus optional door armrest pads.

The rest of the interior contains new materials and a new layout along with a floating 7” touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rear parking camera and an optional wireless smartphone charger.

We’ll keep you abreast of the Australian release at Kia Picanto News.

About Simon Lai 1025 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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