The 2017 Kia Picanto will go on sale in a UK in May, costing from around £9450 in entry-level 1.0 1 guise.
For a initial time in a Picanto’s lifespan, a city automobile will benefit sportily styled GT-Line and GT-Line S trims, that get some-more equipment, a robust physique kit, bespoke paintwork and a new steering wheel. These cost from £11,950 with a 1.0-litre engine, and tip out a operation in 1.25 GT-Line S trim, during £13,950.
The third-generation Picanto, which made a open entrance during the Geneva engine show, will usually be offering as a five-door model, following in a footsteps of a Rio supermini sibling, as a delayed offering three-door struggled to find business in a stream era car. Despite a longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang, though, a new automobile is no incomparable than a prototype – yet does offer some-more conduct and legroom as good as a incomparable foot inside.
On trims 3 and above, AEB comes as standard, yet next this is a £350 option. 3 spec cars and above also get a 7in infotainment touchscreen.
As you’d expect, a Picanto’s engine operation is formed around spare petrol engines. Both a stream options – a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol with 66bhp and 71lb/ft of torque and a four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol with 83bhp – are carried over to this new car, yet fasten a operation is a new turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol. With 99bhp, it’s a many absolute choice in a range, and can propel a Picanto to 60mph in 10.1sec. It’s expected to also be a many careful option, nonetheless central MPG and CO2 total have nonetheless to be revealed.
The default gearbox choice is a five-speed manual, yet a four-speed involuntary is accessible as an choice on a 1.25-litre petrol.
The Picanto’s brakes, steering and engine excellence have left us cold in a past, with a automobile distant some-more ideally matched to parsimonious civic streets than wider nation roads or motorways. Kia claims to have addressed this with some-more soundproofing materials practical via to revoke engine vibrations and noise, and obscure a windscreen wipers by 6mm to discharge breeze sound during speed.
Kia says it has also softened a Picanto’s float and doing by a use of mutated cessation and a revised steering rack, both of that are pronounced to give a new automobile ‘agile’ pushing dynamics. Torque vectoring by braking also facilities for a initial time, assisting to revoke understeer during tough cornering.
Although a further of sporty GT-Line models and a new turbocharged 1.0-litre engine would seem to leave a doorway open for a entirely fledged opening chronicle of a new Picanto, Kia officials contend no such automobile is planned, as a association is instead putting a prohibited induce ambitions into a new Rio GT, that is due in 2018.
The new Picanto’s cabin is dominated by a new 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, that will be standard-fit in a UK. Drivers will be means to control their smartphones regulating a Apple Carplay and Android Auto services, while a options list includes a reversing camera, wireless smartphone horse and USB port.
When it comes to luggage space, a Picanto’s foot can now lift adult to 255 litres – some-more than Hyundai’s i10 – and adult to 1010 litres with a back seats folded flat.
While accurate specifications for a UK have nonetheless to be confirmed, we do know a Picanto will be offering in 1,2, and 3 trim levels, and a new GT-Line and GT-Line S specifications.
Personalisation also plays a large partial in a new Picanto. Drivers will be means to mention one of 5 supposed ‘colour packs’ in a UK, permitting them to select colours for a seats and stitching, as good as interior doorway panels.
Kia says a new Picanto is a safest A-segment automobile it has ever made, and a new automobile includes a larger suit of modernized high-strength steel compared to a effusive model, that has also reduced a body-in-white weight by 23kg.
Six airbags come as standard, while discretionary extras embody a knee airbag and involuntary puncture braking (AEB). AEB will be a essential cause in a new Picanto achieving a limit Euro NCAP reserve measure underneath a body’s twin ratings complement – and increasingly UK buyers are profitable courtesy to those reserve scores.
Small automobile means large business
COO of Kia Motors Europe Michael Cole expects a UK to be a biggest marketplace for a new Picanto, and says a new GT-Line versions have been grown to attract younger business to a brand. “We wish a cars to interest to a immature customer, yet we also have to commend that we’re really most targeting a ‘young during heart’ too. The final are not that opposite between a 25-year-old and a 55-year-old.”
The Picanto was already some-more costly than a Hyundai i10 sister car, and usually somewhat cheaper than some-more upmarket rivals like a Volkswagen Up, so Kia chose not to boost a cost too most and risk being seen as uncompetitive – hence a starting figure of £9450; a £585 arise over a effusive model.
As ever, though, it’s in monthly PCP financial deals where a new Picanto can make a biggest gains, and many buyers are expected to be convinced by Kia’s 100,000-mile, seven-year warranty.
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