Update: New Kia Picanto Details Revealed

By , February 16th, 2017
Posted in Kia Picanto Buying Hatchback Car news
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Kia has revealed more details of its all-new Picanto city car ahead of its international public viewing at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show. 

The Kia Picanto is one of the brand's more popular cars and it's now in its third generation. Kia has an interesting strategy of building design studios outside of Korea and the result is that the Picanto brings a youthful, European-style to the A-segment.

Key features

Under the skin, the new car features a 15mm longer wheelbase and all four wheels have been pushed out into the corners. There are many new vibrant colours to choose from, an indication of the youthful market which Kia is targeting.

To improve ride and handling, Kia has fitted stiffer front and rear anti-roll bars as well as a lighter rear torsion beam. The steering rack is also said to be 13% quicker than before, which should make inner city maneuvering easier.  

Refinement has improved too and Kia has applied specific soundproofing measures to reduce noise and vibrations in the cabin and the firm now claims that the new Picanto has the quietest cabin it in its class. 

The cabin looks good and will feature many high-tech comfort, convenience and safety features. Buyers can expect a large 7.0-inch infotainment system and features such as a rear-view camera and wireless charging will also be offered. In terms of safety, the new Picanto is well-equipped with 6 airbags, electronic stability control and autonomous emergency braking.

Engine Choice

A new turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI engine with 74 kW and 172 Nm of torque will be the headlining act in the new Picanto. This engine will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and acceleration from zero to 100 kph will take 10.1 seconds with a top speed of 180 kph. 

A 49kW 1.0-litre engine will also be offered alongside a 62 kW 1.2-litre petrol engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard for these engines while a 4-speed automatic will be offered on the 1.2-litre derivative. 

Kia SA has confirmed the new Picanto for our market, but at this point couldn't give an exact arrival date other than "before the end of 2017". We will keep you updated as more details regarding the new Kia Picanto become available. 

Further Reading

Search for a used Kia Picanto here

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View teaser images of the new Kia Picanto here

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David Taylor

Having contributed to multiple motoring titles as well helping run the public relations machine of the Johannesburg International Motor Show, Cars.co.za editor Dave has experience in both sides of the motoring industry. He's based in the Cape and has driven & photographed over 350 cars. You can read more of his car stuff when you fly Kulula.