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.